If you love wine and you are planning a trip to Tuscany, you can’t miss a wine tasting in Chianti! This famous and historically important region offers the opportunity to taste prestigious labels and great vintages. Chianti wine could be considered as one of the most typical of products “made in Tuscany”, and known all over the world.
It is possible to taste Chianti wine in thousands of restaurants all around Tuscany, but visiting the winemakers, tasting their wines on the spot and seeing the winery and vineyards is an amazing experience to enjoy while in Tuscany. But when it comes to decide which one of several hundreds of wineries to visit, things can get a bit tricky. We prepared the list of winemakers for wine tasting in Chianti. Read, choose and enjoy!
Our choices for Chianti wine tasting:
Fattoria Vigniavecchia. We know Fattoria Vignavecchia for four years already and we continue to admire its wines, especially sweet ones. Vignavecchia is located in the Province of Siena, just outside the town of Radda in Chianti. It was founded by Odoardo Beccari in 1876. The grape varieties grown here are Sangiovese (70%), and small portions of Canaiolo, Merlot, San Colombano, Malvasia and Chardonnay. For further information and booking contact www.vignavecchia.com
Fattoria di Montemaggio. Fattoria di Montemaggio is another great winemaker that we know for several years. The Montemaggio Estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico region, not far from the town of Radda in Chianti. The vineyards are mainly planted with Sangiovese, with addition of small portions of Merlot, Pugnitello and Chardonnay. Fattoria di Montemaggio follows the concept of “terroir“ and produces 100% hand-made organic wine. It is possible to visit the fattoria, to see how the wine is made and to taste it. For further information and booking contact www.montemaggio.com
Castello Monterinaldi. Monterinaldi Estate is located in the Chianti Classico region, between Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti, and is owned by the family Ciampi. The company’s name comes from the ancient castle, built around the year 1000, but the chianti wine production started around 1910. It is possible to visit the fattoria, wine and food degustation are also possible. For further information and booking contact www.monterinaldi.it
Castello di Radda. The Castello di Radda Estate is located on the hills facing the town of Radda in Chianti. The vineyards are mainly planted with Sangiovese and Canaiolo grape varieties. The owners of the estate deeply respect the land and the environment. The wine made in Castello di Radda estate was awarded with the title of “Great Wines of Italy” by Slow Wine Guide 2015. The degustation of the chianti wines is held the stylish contemporary Italian style tasting room. For further information and booking contact www.castellodiradda.it
La Petraia. La Petraia estate is located just outside Radda in Chianti in the heart of Tuscany’s oldest and most famous wine region. The estate is composed of 65 hectares of vineyards, olive fields, vegetable gardens and chestnut grove. We like La Petraia because of its different and “experimental“ wines (you will not find Chianti Classico there, but it’s a positive fact) and KM 0 kitchen. Susan McKenna Grant, author of the award winning books will be your host and resident chef. For further information and booking contact lapetraia.com
Castello d’Albola. Castello d’Albola is a medieval village which stands on the magnificent Chianti hills. Once it belonged to some of the most noble Tuscan families, and now to Zonin family. The estate of Castello d’Albola today covers 900 hectares, of which 150 are under vine and where there are also over 4 thousand olive trees. Castello d’Albola is a perfect place for those who want experience Chianti region and to taste the great wines of this celebrated estate. The winery offers guided tours of the historic cellars followed by a wine and olive oil tasting. For further information and booking contact www.albola.it
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