The awakening of nature is accompanied by the scent of wine and oil, with many events between March and June.
It is the Chianti Ultra Wine that opens the season of events at the end of March. Organised on the sidelines of the Chianti Ultra Trail races, the event includes tastings in the Casa del Chianti Classico, in Radda in Chianti, and guided tours to the "Sensorial Museum of Chianti Classico Wine".
From April to June, oil is the main attraction in the municipalities of Barberino Tavarnelle, Castellina, Greve in Chianti, Radda, San Casciano Val di Pesa and Castelnuovo Beradenga, members of the association "Città dell'olio". They organise "Le merende nell'Oliveta" (snacks in the olive grove), open-air days of relaxation and fun, with activities that help to rediscover the value of conviviality and appreciate the extra virgin olive oil combined with gastronomic excellence.
On the second weekend of May " La Vetrina delle Città Slow” (The Showcase of Slow Cities) is held, which brings together the Cities of Good Living from all over Italy with typical products of quality and craftsmanship, in the beautiful setting of the Piazza Mercatale in Greve in Chianti. Also in May, on the third weekend, Montefioralle, hosts "I Vini nel Castello" (Wines in the Castle). This is a food and wine festival that takes place between the square and the main street of the town. In Pianella, in the municipality of Castelnuovo Beradenga, in the last weekend of the month is "La Maggiolada" with the re-enactment of the threshing and the tasting of typical culinary dishes.
In June the Pentecost of Castellina in Chianti opens the celebrations, with the feast of winegrowers, followed by "I profumi di Lamole", which takes place in the homonymous hamlet of Greve in Chianti, which brings together producers of wine and oil.
June is also the month of an unmissable event for meat lovers, called "ciccia": the "championship of the steak of Mercatale", in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. In the typical braziers, the "Mastri Braciaioli" cook the Florentine steak, and to win, the participants must be able to eat the largest quantity of meat. Spectators can thus discover the secrets of grilling and buy quality steaks. Also in San Casciano Val di Pesa, in the hamlet of Chiesanuova, there is the historic Sagra di' Pinolo, where typical dishes can be tasted. These include the "Pinolata", a sweet symbol, and one can discover the methods of gathering pine cones and processing pine nuts.
Finally, in Castelnuovo Berardenga there are two events not to be missed: "Castelnovino", wine tasting and sampling of typical products and the "Corsa dei Ciuchi", which creates a competition among the districts of the country, accompanied by the culinary review.