Goodmorning everyone from Borgo de’Brandi staff!
This year we’re experiencing a never ending summer, luckily! October is giving us wonderful warm days before winter.
Today, after last post about tuscan kitchen, we’d like to suggest you the best places to taste a true glass of Chianti wine, our biggest pride.
Chianti zone is famous all around the world for its wine, and obviously there are plenty of winery estates all around our beautiful hills.
But where’s Chianti zone exactly placed?
Historically, the Chianti wine region was a small area, which included only the towns of Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti.
Today, the wine region also includes the areas of the towns of Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi (which are in the province of Siena), San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Greve in Chianti, and part of the town of Barberino Val d’Elsa (which are all in the province of Florence). These towns all represent the area of wine production called “Chianti Classico” (which is recognizable by the Gallo Nero, or Black Rooster logo).
But the Chianti wine area extends much further beyond the area of Chianti Classico. From a geographical point of view, Chianti lies between the provinces of Florence, Arezzo and Siena, so you hear also of Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Colli Senesi and Chianti Colli Aretini, just to name a few of the additional areas (the names mean Chianti of the hills of Florence, of the hills of Siena, and the hills of Arezzo, as a literal translation).
Here you’ll find a list of the best (and closest) winery estates which we think are worth a visit, you’ll just need a car and a few minutes driving to reach them.
VITICCIO (Greve in Chianti)
At the Viticcio winery estate, you can do wine tastings every day of the week, these are set up by appointment. Just call and you’ll be able to arrange a visit at the time that best meets your schedule.
This is a family-run winery, so most likely you’ll find a family member guiding you on the journey into the world of wine, starting from their vineyards to the winery before moving on to the tasting of their wines, which you can choose to buy afterward as well. Read more details about their wine tastings and tours on their official website.
CASTELLO DI BROLIO (Gaiole in Chianti)
The Enoteca del Barone Ricasoli is open for tastings, both for individuals or for groups, both upon booking. Here, in addition to being able to taste and purchase the Ricasoli wines, under the guidance of the staff enoteca you can also buy quality products of the territory, such as honey and olive oil.
If you DON’T have a car or don’t want to drive and enjoy your wine tastings, you can still visit Castello di Brolio from Siena through this guided tour, which also takes you to Castello di Meleto, includes lunch and a visit to a third winery in the afternoon, as well as time in a local village. It is a whole day tour (8 hours).
In some periods of the year, the winery is closed on the weekends. Check more details on the official website.
THE CASA DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO (Radda in Chianti)
Opened in June 2014 within the former Convent of Santa Maria al Prato in Radda in Chianti, the “Casa del Chianti Classico” is the first “house of wine” for the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium. The “Casa Chianti Classico” offers the chance to taste and buy from the largest collection in the world of Chianti Classico labels, and offers a terrace with a view to enjoy a lunch or dinner and many events, courses and exhibitions dedicated to wine. Most of these are concentrated in the summer months, unfortunately, but the wine shop and terrace is open year round. For more information, visit the official website.
Beyond wine estates, there are plenty of organized tours which will do everything for you, mixing wine tastings and tours among the most famous places in our zones. The following one, in our opinion, is the best!
Starting from Siena, you’ll have the possibility to spend a wonderful half-day visiting San Gimignano, and then visiting a wine estate where you’ll be able to have a wine tasting. You’ll find all the informations here:
What are you waiting for? It will be an unforgettable experience!
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Borgo de’Brandi staff