Chianti Classico: Buy some of the local wine
Castellina is located in the heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany and the town is surrounded by luscious vines which were covered in plump wine grapes when we visited.
Castellina is only a small town, but it is filled with shops selling the local plonk....and as we are big fans of the wines produced in region, we took some time to browse in a couple of the shops....wishing we had bought bigger suitcases with us.
What to buy: We spent quite a bit of time in one of the larger shops, which had a very impressive selection of Tuscan wines - with some very old (and expensive!) bottles for sale. The shop also sold locally produced olive oils, nuts and other tasty treats.
In the end all we bought was a little Chianti Classico magnet, a lovely souvenir from our visit to Castellina.
- Wine Tasting
PEP Bizzarrie: I'm a sucker for ceramics (in Castellina)
I am a color junkie - cannot get enough of it. I was immediately drawn into the store by the display outside (see photo). I ended up spending nearly 400 bucks on ceramics - dinnerware and a pitcher. I had it shipped. I can't wait to see it!
What to buy: I'd go for the ceramics
What to pay: a lot.
dried fruits: Open air market day
I was lucky to visiting Castellina during open air market day. It was really a great experience learning from the locals that all the fruit can be dried.
What to buy: I bought dried prunes, figs, apricots, hazelnuts and some other fruit never asking what it is but was delicious. Can't remember the single prices but it wasn't expensive at all. Don't miss to buy it if visiting Castellina.
Products from knotted fagots: Souvenirs from Castellina
There is a small postcards shop on the main square of Castellina, right opposite to the castle. It is also a souvenir shops offering local craftworks. Most souvenirs are made of knitted fagots and looking attractive. There are baskets of different sizes, boxes and other things which I dodn't know what are serving for.