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Wine lovers unite and taste the prestigious Chianti in the land where the grapes are grown. Take a wine tour in one of many reputable wine makers in the Chianti Wine District. Here you will find no shortage of Enotecas in the historic towns scattered across this area of Tuscany, where you can sample not only the wine, but the delicious gastronomic specialities of the area.

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Stay in an agriturismo or country house

We have spent a lot of time touring Tuscany to choose the right selection of authentic and good quality places that we know our guests will like. Most of the accommodation you can find here are in scenic locations just outside towns, with the best of Chianti countryside around, and many places make their own wine, which of course you can buy on site. Here are a few of our favourites:

Riserva di Fizzano in Castellina in Chianti - Experience an enchanting vineyard holiday in the grand estate of the great winemaker 'Rocca Delle Macie' with delightful restaurant, tasteful & original apartments.

Agriturismo Collelungo in Castellina in Chianti - Stay in a 14th Century hamlet on the edge of the village with well-appointed apartments, stylish and scenic surroundings and their own Chianti production.

Fattoria Santo Stefano in Greve in Chianti - Choose this cosy farmhouse in stunning surroundings and own production of wine, grappa, vinsanto and olive oil, with spacious apartments.

Hotel Belvedere di San Leonino in Castellina in Chianti - A charming vineyard hotel set in a lush green estate with beautiful gardens and views, a pool and romantic restaurant. Rooms on a B & B basis.

Castello di Fabbroni in San Polo in Chianti - Take a break in a unique and historic selection of apartments in and around a 13th Century castle, with wonderful views and an atmospheric restaurant.

Visit the towns in the Chianti Wine District

These areas include Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Impruneta, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tavernelle Val di Pesa, Barberino Val d'Elsa and Poggibonsi, and the grapes from this area are transformed into 'Chianti Classico DOCG' wine. In addition to the classic area, large amounts of wine are produced in Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Colli Pisane, Colli Aretini, Rùfina, Montalbano and Chianti Putto but these seldom rise above the great wines from Chianti Classico. In Chianti there are a total of 7000 producers making 12 million litres of wine every year.

How to recognize a real Chianti

We know that wine has been produced in the Chianti region of Tuscany since as early as the 13th Century. Over the centuries it became very popular and many people copied. However, in 1924 a group of wine producers from central Chianti formed a consortium to protect the good name of the wine, and the real Chianti production was labelled with the 'Black Rooster' which is the area's symbol.

We recommend the following excursions:


- Castello di Vicchiomaggio: This impressive chateau is simply awe inspiring and is based around a castle that was built between the 9th and 15th Centuries. It dominates the valley below from its position on the hill. Today the castle’s beautiful rooms are often used for weddings and other ceremonies when money is no object. Up to 300 guests can be seated in the castle’s elegant restaurant, which by Italian standards is a lot. The castle has gained a good reputation because of its famous wine production. The chiantis and so-called Super Tuscans produced here are top class and among the region’s finest.

- Castello di Verrazzano: There are few places which can boast of such a long and glorious history or of so much atmosphere (or of such beautiful wine labels for that matter) as Castello di Verrazzano. The first sources to mention vineyards around Verrazzano date back to 1150 and there is something unmistakeably old fashioned about this place and its wine production. The Chianti wines made here are particularly traditional but more modern wine is also produced, such as the wines made of 100% sangiovese and stored in new French oak in so-called barriques. There are daily tours of the farm’s atmospheric wine cellars where you also go through the area where the wonderful vinsanto is stored. The farm sells good wines, olive oil and marvellous honey.

Book your vacation in the Chianti Wine District

Choose from our handpicked selection of holiday apartments and vacation rentals in historic vineyards, farm self-catering apartments in agriturismo, villas and hotels using the search machine at the top of the page. Alternatively, call or write to us and make the most of our free travel advice. With over 15 years experience of travel in Italy, we have what it takes to to make your Chianti wine holiday a dream come true.

 
 

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