most important grapes, the Italian appellation system, and a hint about food pairings, too.
After you passed Wine School, it’s time to hope in the car and enjoy the Chianti Road. The Chiantigiana (SR222) is the road that connects Florence to Siena. It is one of top beautiful driving roads in Italy. While driving along this road you will pass acres upon acres of vineyards that produce the world-famous Chianti Classico DOCG.
The best time to visit during the September harvest or just before to see the vines bowing under the weight of ripening grapes. There are also local festivals to celebrate the harvest that you can join in as well. Panzano holds their festival, Vino al Vino, the third week in September.
While driving down Chiantigiana don’t forget to visit some of the ancient towns along the way and stop by a vineyard for a tasting. Make sure to double check to see if the winery is open before visiting. Some great towns to stop in to visit local wineries are:
Greve in Chianti is one of Chianti’s main market towns. This town is full of history, from its Franciscan monastery in the old quarter to the market on the triangular main piazza, where traders have been selling their wares down the centuries.
Panzano in Chianti is a small town between Castellina and Greve, first settled by the Etruscans. It is overlooked by an 11th-century castle, a hike to which, through the cobbled streets, is well worth the effort. While you are in Panzano they have a wine store, Enoteca Falorni, where you purchase credits on a card and then go to different wine stations where you can sample various wines from the region.
Radda in Chianti The ancient market town of Radda has been key to Chianti’s fortunes and remains a community immersed in the wine industry. It is enclosed in large defensive walls located up on a hill between two valleys. Stroll the cobbled streets to trace this town’s history down the centuries, in the old town walls, the Palazzo del Podesta, and the Propositura di San Niccolo.
If you want to enjoy the Chianti wine experience but don’t want to drive we can match you up with a tour so you can leave the driving to someone else.
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