Wine tasting in Chianti

For very many visitors to this part of Tuscany, wine tasting in Chianti will be one of the pleasures of their stay. The Chianti Classico wine zone forms a more or less oval area between Florence and Sienna packed with vineyards and wineries, many of which offer tastings of their own wines. These are marked by roadside signs indicating “Degustazione” and nowadays often also “Wine Tasting”. You can also keep your eyes open for an enoteca that, for a small fee, will allow you taste a range of wines from different producers. There are three good enotecas in Greve in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti, and a famous one in Sienna, among others.

Wine tasting in Chianti

Wine tasting in Chianti

Two castles near Greve in Chianti offer wine tastings in atmospheric surroundings – these are Vicchiomaggio and Verrazzano – and there are endless opportunities all along the via Chiantigiana and the side roads through Volpaia, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti.

A selection of wineries offering wine tasting in Chianti.

If you “taste and spit”, there’s no problem with motoring around Chianti tasting as many wines as you like. However, if you drink the wines you’re tasting or have one of the meals offered with wine tasting at Vicchiomaggio, for example, then it might be worthwhile considering a minibus wine tour. These are expensive but pack a lot of sightseeing into a day, and, of course, you leave the driving to the driver-guide.

Chianti wine tours.

Last but not least, let’s remember that although the Chianti Classico zone coincides more or less with historical Chianti in the geographical sense, the general Chianti wine area is much bigger and is divided into eight Chianti denominations, each with its own wine sensation.

Introduction to Super Tuscan wines.

A review of Angela Saltafuori’s Chianti wine tasting tours.

Chianti and Tuscany wine grape varieties.

Chianti wineries offering vacation accommodation.

Anna Maria Baldini

About Anna Maria Baldini

Anna Maria is a frequent contributor to web content on life in Tuscany. She researches all aspects of Tuscan life, with emphasis on history, art, architecture and the culture of the people of this beautiful region of Italy.

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