Admire views across Tuscany’s greatest gastronomic region from your villa, or pair fine Chianti wine with cheese. Choose from Tuscany Now & More’s array of accommodation options in close proximity to the Chianti Classico, from farmhouses amongst rolling hills and lush countryside retreats. 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the date in 1716 when the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de’Medici, proclaimed the demarcation of the Chianti production zone. In order to celebrate this, the Chianti Classico is placing giant metal sculptures of the Gallo Nero in various piazzas throughout the area. Other plans include an exhibition at the Casa Chianti Classico in Radda retracing the consortium’s 300 years. In celebration of this, Tuscany Now & More have curated a list of some of their best Chianti villas and experiences…
Villa di Pile
Set between the hills of Greve and Panzano in Chianti, the views from Villa di Pile are breath-taking, with hills dotted with farmhouses, olive groves, vineyards and the Etruscan village of Panzano sitting as a silhouette against the skyline. This villa is not only in close proximity to the Chianti Classico, but also the estate of Vignamaggio where Mona Lisa was born and allegedly the word “Chianti” was first coined. Greve has also long been thought of as the Chianti’s capital, home to the region’s major festival: the Rassegna del Chianti Classico, which marks the grape harvest each September with tastings, gastronomy, and other wine-related festivities.
Il Trebbio, which translates to ‘The Harvest’, lies in the heart of the Chianti wine-producing area, a stone’s throw from many wonderful restaurants and wine bars tucked into their narrow streets. The villa was originally constructed nine hundred years ago as a small, fortified castle for a member of the powerful Guidi family, whose fiefdom stretched as far as the Casentino Valley. Ancient stone walls enclose luxuriously furnished interiors, with air-conditioned bedrooms, in which traditional beamed ceilings and tiled floors provide a backdrop to a valuable collection of local antiques and contemporary paintings. The gentle hillside setting allows rooms on two floors to access the very pretty terraced garden, and makes the large, infinity-edged pool seem to float above the surrounding fields.
Villa Caprolo sits on the hillside facing west enjoying beautiful views of the Chianti countryside dotted with farmhouses and hamlets. It has an enclosed park and a driveway lined with huge cypress trees ending at the villa. In restoring the villa, the Florentine owner maintained its original character, however added a contemporary feel to the house with bold colours, an ultra-modern kitchen and designer lights and furniture. The infinity edge salt water swimming pool, furnished with designer loungers, is set on the edge of the park and enjoys views of the beautiful Chianti countryside. Guests can then explore the magical countryside and return home for an evening meal prepared by the villa host who is also a professional cook.
Private Chianti Wine Tours
During this unique two hour Chianti Wine tour, guests will be shown the various stages of winemaking, including fermentation, clarification and aging. The tour will begin with a private visit of the selected winery, where guests enjoy a wine tasting hosted by its very own winemaker.
Chianti Wine & Cheese
On the Chianti Wine & Cheese experience, Tuscany Now & More will take guests on flavourful journey into the stunning region of Chianti. They will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting with the producer in an authentic farm or winery. The visit and tasting will last almost 2 hours, and include private tour, wine tasting with the winemaker and light lunch in the Chianti hills.
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