The Sangiovese grape
Favorite thing: The Region of Chianti is wide world famous for its authentic and unique sort of grapes called Sangiovese. The high quality of Chianti wine is the result of a very long and great tradition of wine making, since Etruscan times. Chianti is specific wine produced by utilising grapes of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia, with 12 degrees of minimum alcoholic content.
The producers of Chianti cannot sell the wine until a year after the harvest and it ensure the best quality. Wine-making, preservation, aging and bottling have to take place inside the production zone, and only such wine can get the label of "Gallo Nero" (black rooster) the trademark which guarantees a bottle of real Chianti wine. The color of Chianti is ruby red, flavor is harmonic, dry, sapid with intensely vinous aroma.
Chianti is perfect to accompany game dishes, roast meats and cheeses.
Fondest memory: When it comes to label "Gallo Nero", one must differentiate between two of them; Gallo Nero circled by red is Chianti Classico, or circled by gold if Chianti Classico Riserva.
The following could be interesting to those who are wine lovers. In Italy there exist wine pyramid for the quality of wines:
DOCG - denominazione di origine controllata e garantita (name of origin certified and guaranteed),
DOC - denominazione di origine controllata (name of origin certified)
IGT - indicazione geografica tipica (typical geographical indication)
VINO DA TAVOLA - table wine - the name implies an everyday, simple and inexpensive wine
The top of the wine pyramid began with five wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, (all from Tuscany), Barolo and Barbaresco (from Piedmont).
Barolo and Brunello receive DOC or DOCG after 5 years of agging. "Riserva" on the label can be used for only DOC and DOCG wines and it indicates the wine is of superior quality, and has been aged for at least 3 years before being released.
Don't miss the Wine Festival
Favorite thing: Every year in September the little town Greve hosts a Wine Festival. The local wine producers gather and let you taste their wines (of course mainly Chianti wines made with Sangiovese grapes, according to the regulations at least 80%). The town square is filled with stands and the atmosphere is fantastic! We visited from the 8th to the 10th of September 2011 and had a fanastic time. Don't miss it!
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Poggio alla Croce a quiet one street village
Favorite thing: The small village of Poggio alla Croce, no let me rephrase that, the TINY village, was our access route to the villa we rented and from the information that I managed to find on the internet there are 87 residents...
The village has basically ONE street and you can see us walking in the middle. We encountered no moving cars, and not even a single person on our walk through town. But we DID find a small restaurant with seating for about 60 people, which surprised us since it is not a central area by any means. The Ristorante Becattini, seen in the last photo, was really not anything to write home about or even make a review on VT, but I mention it for two reasons, first of all that there IS a restaurant near the villa we rented and secondly that you should not expect too much. Although everything we had was acceptable, it was nothing special.
If you want the address is Via del Crocino 41, phone +39-055-8337813.
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Greve in Chianti
Favorite thing: Actually, I've only passed through Greve in Chianti on my way from Firenze to Siena. My main target was to visit nearby Montefioralle (which is not listed on VT) and the castle of Vicchiomaggio. Along with this two locations you can see small town of Panzano in Chianti on this page.
Favorite thing: So-called Chianteggio is an area situated in between towns of Firenze and Siena, as far as I am concerned, one of the most beautiful part in the Province of Toscana (Tuscany). This relatively small area can be visited by car, up and down, in one day only but if you realy wont to explore whole of its beauty, you'll need much longer time.
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