Chianti Wine Guide includes information on the famous red wine of Tuscany, including information on the principal towns of the Chianti like Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti, as well as history of the famous Chianti Wine region and wine tours of the Chianti.
The Chianti region is made up of an extensive hilly area located in the centre of Tuscany, between the major cities of Florence and Siena, bordered on the East by the Chianti mountains and on the West by the river Elsa. One of the most famous wine regions in Italy, the landscape of Chianti is characterised by a continuous alternation between gentle rolling hills covered in vines and olive trees, and verdant valleys. Within the Chianti region there are numerous ancient hamlets, churches and abbeys, castles and fortresses, farmhouses and villas about which you can read a lot of information in our many wine guides of the Chianti region.
Inhabited since ancient times by the Etruscans, the area was also controlled by the Romans prior to Medieval times when it was the scene of heavy fighting between the rival cities of Florence and Siena. The Chianti wine region consists of eight municipalities, some of them included in our Chianti wine tours: San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Barberino Val d'Elsa, and Greve in Chianti, which are all located in the province of Florence. While the other municipalities of Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, and Castelnuovo Berardenga are in the province of Siena.
The territory of these eight municipalities more or less covers the production area for the Chianti Classico which was created by a ministerial decree back in 1932. The bottles of this prestigious wine region feature the ever-present trademark of the black rooster, which in ancient times was the military symbol of the Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti).
The Chianti wine region boasts delightful vistas framing the vine covered rolling hills and ever-present cypresses, along with an unhurried pace of life, picturesque villages, and a balmy climate. That's not a surprise that many northern European citizens have relocated to this part of Italy. Enchanting villages and small towns, where you can stop at a pleasant cafe or wine bar and watch the world go by.
Avventure Bellissime offers two wine tours of the Chianti wine region departing from Florence:
Small Group Day Tours of the Chianti – Features wine tastings and tours in two celebrated wineries of the Chianti region and enchanting hilly towns off the well-trodden paths.
Small Group Half-Day Tours of the Chianti – Departure from Florence in the afternoon, visit to a celebrated winery in the Chianti region and enchanting hilly towns.
The most important towns of the Chianti region are Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, and Castellina in Chianti. Greve in Chianti is the unofficial capital of the region that boasts a friendly market town atmosphere, the attractive Piazza Matteotti with its arcades and the church of St. Croce. Radda in Chianti is a typical Tuscan hilly town that is perfect for a stroll through its steep streets following the old medieval road that encloses the village within walls. Castellina in Chianti sits on a ridge, so it offers splendid views in all directions. The strong 15th century medieval walls and the fortified town give an indication of the violent past of this area during the wars between Florence and Siena.
Driving from either Siena or Florence, following the S222 route, also known as Strada Chiantigiana, you go through the heart of the Chianti region. The most scenic route of the whole road is the section leading through to Greve in Chianti, where travellers can relax in the main square and enjoy a wine tasting in one of the many enotecas under the arcades surrounding Piazza Matteotti.