Your Chianti Classico wine tour adventure begins when your personal driver for the day greets you at your place of stay. After a leisurely drive through the beautiful Tuscan landscape, your first stop will be an exclusive Chianti winery highly rated by the most influential European and American wine publications.
At the winery, located in a historic castle or villa, you will visit the winery and cellars. The winery guide will introduce you to the world of wine and winemaking, to its history and legends.
A guided tasting of the winery's Chianti Classico and other wines will follow. Besides the wines you may also taste some extra virgin olive oil.
Your next stop will be in a small, lively Chianti village, either Greve, Gaiole, Radda or Castellina in Chianti. You will visit the village and have time to shop for local specialties and handicrafts.
By now it is lunch time and you will have time to sit and relax, possibly in a winery, or in a typical Tuscan restaurant and enjoy delicious local dishes, or perhaps at the famous butcher Dario Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti.
After your meal, the afternoon will progress with another Chianti Classico winery visit, of equal caliber, allowing you to begin to understand the range of aromas and flavors that Chianti Classico wines have to offer. Depending on where you are staying and your preferences, the tour might include a stop to a third winery or a visit to a historic village or other points of interest, before returning to your accommodation.
Chianti Classico is truly the heart of Tuscany and its primary wine zone. The region's fame was confirmed in 1716 when Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici issued an ordinance to regulate the wine trade after some unscrupulous merchants labelled as "Chianti" a consignment of wines from dubious sources. Thus Tuscany became the first European state to safeguard an appellation of origin (label to distinguish wines).
Today the Chianti Classico is one of Tuscany's most prestigious DOCG areas. The symbol of the Chianti Classico consortium is the black rooster, which you will see adorning road signs and wine bottles throughout the region.
The modern recipe for Chianti Classico must have at least 80% Sangiovese grapes with the remaining 20% to be decided upon by the winemaker. Modern Chianti Classico is often very well suited to aging, especially the Reserva wines.