Many of you have surely heard more than once the word “Chianti”, but until you have visited you have absolutely no idea what it means.
Chianti represents a unique and unforgettable experience for everyone involved. In addition to fabulous vineyards and olive groves, famous internationally for their wine and oil; there are abbeys, villas, castles, farmhouses, and restaurants to visit and enjoy.
The heart of the Tuscan countryside also offers majestic hills, friendly people, and a relaxed atmosphere of country life. In addition, for those who love personal well-being, peace, and relaxation surely know that Tuscany is one of the regions in Italy that offers the most opportunities to regenerate one’s body and mind.
Chianti, a name that says it all and tells a story. The historic region of Chianti, a mountain range of decidedly hilly nature, extends between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, and is the cradle of the homonymous vineyards, producers of all variants of the famous Chianti wine. In recent decades, the historical region has become the favourite tourist destination of a certain public, highly appreciative of nature’s wonders, sunny weather, and the fresh air in the municipalities of the district.
In particular, British –in the famous Chiantishire, a sort of overseas county of England- and American visitors seem to predominantly favour the Chianti region, certainly attracted by the publicity its occasionally residing celebrities – Sting, Tony Blair, George Clooney, etc. – have earned the region and the Tuscan region at large.
The reasons behind this passion for the Chianti region appear obvious to first-time visitors, as they stare in awe at Paradise on earth: silence, serenity, and relaxation, as spontaneous as enveloping and rewarding. Indeed, a non-negligible number of artists and writers dwell here, seeking inspiration, drawn by the spirit of a land rich in history, a silent witness to the passage of wars and military leaders, armies of foreign invaders, inventors, artists, painters and the great spirit of Tuscany, which the region embodies to perfection nearly as much as Florence does.
Chianti is naturally associated to wine, particularly the red wine Chianti Classico, a DOCG wine [Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin], aptly considered one of the noble wines in the Italian winemaking tradition, and among the most popular and sought-after in the world. Chianti wines, in all variations produced in the homonymous territory, adhere to strict production rules –no exceptions allowed. Non-compliant wines are thus labelled as “imitations”, as opposed to original products (counterfeiting is rampant given the high value of the bottle and of the “Chianti” brand). Compliance with the Regulations is guaranteed by the Consorzio del Chianti Classico [Classic Chianti Consortium], a body that closely monitors wine quality. Admittedly, the finest wine amongst the wine growers of the consortium is the Chianti Riserva, produced by various growers and whose labels are well known by sommeliers and connoisseurs from around the world.