Tuscany is blessed with land perfectly suited for wine; one of it’s most priced possession: Chianti.
Probably, if not, the most famous area in Tuscany, Chianti never fails to mesmerize people with its charming landscape and sumptuous red wines. For wine lovers, and nature trekkers, Chianti is the perfect getaway. One reason we loved Tuscany so much is that it is set apart from crowded tourists spots. On top of that, there are tons of wineries you can stop at to learn about (and better yet taste) what Chianti for what it is all about.
Chianti produces over 8 millions cases of wines each year of DOC level and standards. Modeled after the French AOC, the DOC and DOCG ensure that the wines are of not just good; but impeccable quality.
Sangiovese is the main grape that built Chianti into a big wine producing region. This region’s borders are not distinctly clear. It manages to go beyond and extend on to provinces Florence and Siena, and even Arrezo, Montepulciano, and Pistoia.
What makes Chianti produce an array of different wines, pure or blend, is the wide range of versatility of the terroir. The uneven landscape and the climate make a perfect match to grow wine grapes that produce different characters. I can definitely say that Chianti’s wines are as charming as their region could be.
One of the more famous landmarks in Chianti would probably be The Brolio Castle that is the home of the Barone Ricasoli winery. Owned and managed by the Ricasoli family for centuries, the winery paved way for the discovery of what has been the most successful wines that the world has every tasted. Chianti wines are very well known for classic reds, making Bettino Ricasoli’s (the man behind the recipe for Chianti wines) 30 years of hard work, pay off big time.
Some of the top wineries in Chianti include Castello di Verrazzano winery (another castle-based winery that produces wines such as the Rosso Verrazzano, Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, among others) and the Casa Emma which produces Soloio I.G.T. 2004, Chianti Classico D.O.C.G., among others.
When it comes to satisfying your visions and your palate, Chianti hits the mark straight in the center of things. This is a place where you can be dreaming and be real at the same time.