The roads of Chianti
THE ROADS OF CHIANTI – 30 KM FROM MONTECATINI TERME
The Chianti Classico territory extends between Florence and Siena, the two cities that have long fought over it over the centuries. It includes the entire Municipalities of Greve, Radda, Castellina and Gaiole in Chianti and part of the Municipalities of Castelnuovo Berardenga, Barberino Val d’Elsa, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Poggibonsi and Tavarnelle. It is a hilly area, rich in woods and dotted with small villages, castles, ancient churches and farmhouses and, with its vineyards, olive groves and white roads, it preserves the features of the rural landscape intact.
The main product is the Chianti Classico DOCG wine which, according to the Regulations, is obtained with pure Sangiovese grapes or with the addition of other red berried vines (Canaiolo, Colorino) and boasts the symbol of the Strada del Vino and the Chianti Classico “Gallo Nero” oil since 1924.
The Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP Chianti Classico is obtained by cold pressing of olives produced from plants of the Frantoio, Correggiolo, Moraiolo and Leccino varieties.
Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC is produced with dried white Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes.
Chianti Classico is an area of robust gastronomic traditions, which have incorporated the civilization of peasant cooking, the nobility of Chianina meat and the great variety of pork, Cinta Senese and wild boar cured meats. Saffron cultivation has recently resumed.