Chianti offers poetic landscapes, world renowned wines and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The excitement begins with a trip down the via Chiantigiana and the town of Radda in Chianti. Here you will find charming stone houses, picturesque views and classic cypress trees standing guard over the town. The next stop is Greve in Chianti, home of the famous straw-covered wine jug. The Greve farmers proudly cherish the history of their noble drink. Take the Cassia road out of Greve and cross the entire Chianti region until you arrive in Montespertoli and Barberino Val d’Elsa.
The Castello di Volpaia was built in the eleventh century as a fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. It was constructed by the Florentine “della Volpaia” family which boasts two distinguished Renaissance artists, Benevunto and Lorenzo. The latter was a close friend of Leonardo da Vinci and is best known for having designed the “Clock of the Planets” for Lorenzo de’ Medici’s use in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. A copy of the clock can be seen in the Museo di Storia della Scienza (the History of Science Museum in Florence). The castle’s tasting room, offering old vintages of Chianti Classico Castello di Volpaia, is reached by passing through the narrow corridors and ancient staircases.
On August 10 in Siena, Calici di Stelle: in the delightful spaces of the loggias of Palazzo Pubblico, you might "catch" a falling star while tasting some of the finest wine on offer in Tuscany.