Inside Chianti Classico

One of Italy’s most historic wine regions is rediscovering its heritage. Elisabetta Tosi explains.

Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Chianti Classico, Tuscany

Chianti Classico, one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, lies between the renowned Tuscan cities of Florence and Siena. Its land is characterised by the rocky hills of three river valleys—Val di Pesa, Val d’Arbia, Val di Greva—with the woods, meadows and cereals fields stippled by castles, manors and parishes. A landscape of incomparable beauty, its total surface covers 70,000 ha, of which only seven percent—only just 10,000 ha—are vineyards. Of this, a mere 7,200 ha belong to Chianti Classico.

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