Montespertoli is rooted in a culture of good food and wine, and it’s for this reason that when following a trail dedicated to discovering an authentic Tuscan town, you can’t miss the many wineries, farms and olive oil mills in the area that produce the excellent Chianti Montespertoli and Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil DOC, Vin Santo del Chianti and the IGT Toscana wines. These are places where the “know-how” of the artisans of yesteryear have never fallen out of fashion.
Bread in this area is still almost entirely produced with historic systems and artisan characteristics. Top-quality flour, water and natural yeast make for a delicious, soft and digestible foodstuff. Bakers in the area make nearly 50 quintals a day, almost all of which are loaves. The bread isn’t bought by major distribution chains but rather small food shops in the centre of Florence and nearby municipalities.
White truffle can be found throughout the valleys, a delicate tuber used in high-end cuisine and grown in unpolluted soil.
The amber-coloured Vin Santo pairs well with sweets, cantuccini and some aged cheeses. Since 1997, the drink has vaunted the DOC “Vin Santo del Chianti,” subarea Montespertoli.