Chianti: for wine lovers, a guarantee of quality
Tuscany’s excellent: the ruby red of the Chianti
Chianti is one of the most well-known Italian wines in the world. It was born in Tuscany, in a region where the special combination of soil and climate creates this special drink. A little holiday will allow you to enjoy the Chianti Classico, or Chianti Colli Aretini, Chianti Rufina and, if you chose to stay in a hotel in Siena or its surroundings, the excellent Chianti Colli Senesi. Each variety has exclusive features: the DOCG Chianti Classico, for example, is composed by 80% of Sangiovese grapes and, for the remainder, by varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Colorino. It has the typical ruby red color, and while savoring it you may notice its dry, harmonious and savory flavor. If you have scheduled a few relaxing days in the territory of Siena to discover the beauty of the area and to enjoy the rich food and wine offer, then accompanying the local dishes with a good Chianti, perhaps with a tour in the historic cellars, is an experience that will stay in your memory .
The territory of Chianti between nature and tastes
The Chianti area is a territory with many hills that stretches for twenty kilometers in the central part of Tuscany between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, distinguished by its landscape of rolling green hills, on which you can admire the endless expanses of vineyards and olive groves. It’s also full of small villages, churches and even stone farmhouses. A picturesque landscape that, not surprisingly, often ends up on calendars produced to publicize the Tuscany in the world, in addition to the usual postcards. The ideal destinations to taste good Chianti wine are Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi, but also Greve, Panzano, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina: a ”tour” of the small towns is the best way to appreciate the wines of the Chianti area, walking among the medieval walls. Greve has several craft shops, as well as wine bars and restaurants; it also features the Wine Museum. Castellina, however, offers the Archaeological Museum of Siena’s Chianti that traces the history of the area.
Where to stay to discover Siena and its territory
The Hotel Italia, just a few hundred meters from the pedestrian area of the center of Siena, offers its 65 rooms (Standard, Superior, Executive, Love Room and Junior Suite), it is the perfect place for visitors in Siena. You can dedicate part of your holiday to trips in the surrounding area, from San Gimignano to Monteriggioni to Montalcino. Wine lovers will be spoiled for choice. If you’d rather stay out of the center, the Farmhouse Villa Agostoli, just 3 km from the city of Siena, features comfortable rooms in a building surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and also offers special packages which, in addition to overnight stays and a welcome cocktail, also feature a visit to a local winery with tasting included. The Hotel Garden, finally, with its 120 rooms, is able to surprise its guests with its beautiful eighteenth-century park.