Chianti Region

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Chianti Region The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city. Florence Italy 43.54739 11.330621
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Party Earth Review The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city. The region contains numerous... ... read full review

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The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city.

The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city.

The region contains numerous vineyards, both world-renowned and underground, where visitors can take tours and sample different wines in a magnificent setting.

In addition to the vineyards, the region also contains a number of enotecas (wine shops) which allow patrons to sample different wines all in one place and at a reasonable price.

Transportation is necessary, so visitors to the Chianti region should determine if they want to take a scooter, a car, or a guided tour (see below) – just remember that those going by their own means will need a designated driver.

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One of the best ways to explore the region is by going on one of the many bike tours available. Try Bicycle Tuscany (www.bicycletuscany.com, 329 988 1857, info@bicycletuscany.com), which gives tours from April 1 to October 31. The price of €70 includes a shuttle to the countryside, a 21-speed bike and helmet, a winery visit and wine tasting, a bilingual tour guide, and lunch in a small restaurant in a Tuscan hill town.

  • Crowd

    All types and all ages. Get a big group together for maximum fun or go with someone special for a romantic outing.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Vineyard tours and wine and olive tastings.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bread and snacks included with some of the tours.

  • Prices

    Varies depending on the vineyard. See vineyard descriptions below.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any time of year is great, but the region gets particularly crowded with tourists between May and September.

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    Recommended vineyards and enotecas include:

    CASALOSTE offers one-hour tours of their vineyards and cellars, with detailed information about the winemaking process and the region. Tours include tasting of at least three wines, extra virgin olive oil, and grappa. Contact the winery to set up a tour time; visits are by appointment only for groups of 2–12 people and must be booked in advance.
    Address: Via di Montagliari, 32, 50020, Panzano in Chianti
    Web: www.casaloste.com
    Contact: 055 852 725, infocasaloste@casaloste.com
    Hours: M–Sa 10am–1pm and 3–7pm
    Prices: Tour and tasting €6.

    LE CANTINE in Greve is one of the oldest enotecas in the region and also houses a small wine museum. Visitors can buy a tasting card for as little as €10, which can then be used to pay for wine by the ounce.
    Address: Galleria delle Cantine, 2, 50022, Greve in Chianti
    Web: www.lecantine.it
    Contact: 055 854 6404, info@lecantine.it
    Hours: Daily 10am–7pm
    Prices: Tasting card €10+. Wine starts at €0.40/oz, with most wines falling in the €1/oz range.

    LE FONTI is a fantastic boutique winery is run by a young Englishspeaking couple. Visits include a general tour of the winery, cellars, and aging methods, as well as tastings of three to six vintages. The winery is bordered on three sides by the vineyards, so patrons may be able to take a walk through them as well.
    Address: Fattoria Le Fonti, I, 50020, Panzano in Chianti
    Web: www.fattorialefonti.it
    Contact: 055 852 194, info@fattorialefonti.it. Send an e-mail before going or to set up a tour outside of regular hours.
    Hours: M–F 10am–noon and 2–6pm
    Prices: Tastings and tours are free.

    MONTAGLIARI offers one-hour tours of their cellar and balsamic vinegar room, followed by tastings of their wine, grappa, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. The site also includes a restaurant open for lunch and dinner 12:30–10pm, daily except Mondays.
    Address: Via di Montagliari, 29, 50020, Panzano in Chianti
    Web: www.montagliari.it
    Contact: 055 852 014, info@montagliari.it
    Hours: Tours daily 10am–6pm
    Prices: Tour €6–€17.50 includes three wines.

    SANTO STEFANO is located just two kilometers outside of Greve and offers daily tours of their cellars and vineyards accompanied by an informative talk on the cultivation of the grapes.
    Address: Via Collegalle, 3, 50022, Greve in Chianti
    Web: www.fattoriasantostefano.it
    Contact: 055 857 2298, nfo@fattoriasantostefano.it. Visitors can also send an e-mail from the contact page on the website to set up a visit.
    Hours: M–Sa 9am–6pm, Su 10am–1pm (April–October)
    Prices: Tour €10.

Chianti Region User Reviews

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Gorgeous and Crowded
Eleanor L. Feb 20, 2013
The Chianti region is what most people think of when they hear Tuscany. Cypress trees, vineyards, rolling hills, medieval villages--this is the Italy you've dreamed of. It is, unfortunately, the Italy everyone else has dreamed of, too. What does this mean for you? Lots and lots and lots of tourists (veritable hoards!) all vying to see the same churches, sample the same wines, and eat in the same restaurants. This, however, can be avoided with a little careful planning. For example, if you plan to visit San Gimignano in July, you'll feel like you're in Times Square; but if you visit the same city in November, you'll be spared the crowds (and the heat!). Another way to see the region and avoid the masses of tour buses is to avoid the most popular little towns (Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra) and spend your time seeing the countryside instead. You're not necessarily missing anything that can't be seen in Siena, for example, and you're likely to have a far more authentic experience. Another way to get a feel for the region is to hike. There are myriad hiking trails traversing the landscape (a simple Google search for "hiking in Tuscany" will suffice to get you started), which allow you to see out-of-the-way villages rarely visited by tourists and really immerse yourself in the landscape. Biking is another option. To start your journey, renting a car is the most convenient, but there is also limited train service and many local buses which can take you everywhere you want to go. Just remember, to really enjoy this region, you'll have to be avoid the crowds and this requires some creativity. Lucky for you that creative energy you invest will likely make your trip even more memorable.
Tuscany at its most Beautiful
Tara R. Dec 8, 2012
There’s something ridiculously romantic about Tuscany. Whether it’s because Tuscany has been the destination spot for many an English and American expat, or because “Under the Tuscan Sun” was a bestseller, Tuscany is the place to be—and Chianti is its rural heart. If you have any love of wine or beauty whatsoever, the Chianti region is a must for your trip to Florence. It’s close by and there are so many organized tours that you really have no excuse! Granted, when I came here it was driving and there was less opportunity to sample wine, but the views are still spectacular and well worth the trip.
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