In the early nineteenth century the intuitive Bettino Ricasoli marked out the route so that Chianti wouldn’t die in solitude. In four grape varietals – Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, Malvasia – he found the appellation that would go on to become the most famous wine in the world. This corner of Tuscany is the perfect place to ease back and enjoy a journey filled with singular experiences.
Chianti is not only a wine region, it’s also a slow travel capital. Cycling here has all of the flavors of a fine wine tasting because it’s an intelligent way to get to know an extraordinary area.
The bicycle is the best means of exploring an unbreakable silence and making the connection between nature and the people who still work the land here, experiencing this part of Tuscany without being prisoners of its traditional image. In technical terms, the roads of Chianti alternate gentle ups and downs with more demanding gradients, which are always doable for cyclists with a medium level of training and fitness. (The inclines never exceed 900 meters above sea level.)
Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina are the places to stop while pedaling through Chianti. Steep slopes and more gentle hills allow for constant movement in stunning scenery that enchants top cyclists in search of trails where they can train and bewitches bike tourists. Here are the routes: