Over the years Chianti wine has become the symbol of Tuscany and is recognised as one of the best wines in the world. Back in 1716 the Grand Duke Cosimo III de Medici issued a decree that defined the areas of production to limit forgery and successively there have been further regulations for the wine-making process and consortia have been established to protect this precious wine. The wine is made from a mix of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes, and is a perfectly accompanies the dishes of the Tuscan culinary tradition.
Chianti is produced in three different areas, Montespertoli, Colli Fiorentini and Montalbano and there is even a Museum dedicated to it as well as numerous events such as the Mostra del Chianti held every year in Montespertoli.
The best way to discover and taste Chianti is to follow one of the Wine Roads which pass by hills covered in vineyards, small towns and historic castles giving the visitor the opportunity to visit the places where this extraordinary wine was first made. From Montespertoli you can follow the brown signposts for the Strada del Vino Chianti Montespertoli, while from Vinci, Capraia e Limite or Cerreto Guidi one can take the Strada del Vino e dell’Olio del Montalbano.
If you are a wine-expert or simply a wine-lover, don’t miss the chance to walk among the rows of vines during spring or during the grape harvest, or visit a cellar to hear about the long months of work necessary to produce the excellent wine that you can taste.