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The Chianti region is located fairly centrally in Tuscany and is an easy day trip from Cortona, Florence, Siena, or most any part of the provincia. There are breathtaking views from the winding roads (with many sharp curves). Great for walking or biking tours.

Long known as one of the principal wine regions of Italy (in fact, defined as the first such zone in the world by a decree of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de'Medici in 1716) and long connected with the familiar rounded-bottom glass flasks bound in straw. Barone Bettino Ricasoli of Castello Brolio created the formula in the mid-1800s for the Chianti vintage in which the majority of the grapes are Sangiovese with Canaiolo, Trebbiano, and Malvasia to create a lighter wine; a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes included. Bottles with the "gallo nero" or "black rooster" are from the central Chianti Classico vineyards.

The 1984 law, which upgraded Chianti to DOCG, required 75-90% Sangiovese, 5-10% Canaiolo, and 2-5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia. Italian vintners are now also producing "Super Tuscans"; wines solely Sangiovese or blends of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. If possible, visit during Wine Day (last weekend in May; annually since 1998) when most cellars are open for tastings.

Be sure to tour at least one of the routes on the "Strada dei Castelli" - Road of Castles.

Gaiole in Chianti
   Postal code:   53013 (SI)
   Phone prefix: +39 (0577)
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How to get there

By car: From A1 (either north- or southbound) take the Valdarno exit. After you pay your toll, follow the signs for Montevarchi; then cross over the freeway and follow signs to Cavriglia and Gaiole. You can also reach the Chianti region by the following routes: from the north by taking either the Firenze-Siena SuperStrada through Certosa & Impruneta, or the 222 from Firenze Sud to Castellina in Chianti, or the 429 from Empoli to Poggibonsi; from the south either from Siena via the 222 to Castellina in Chianti or via the Castelnuovo Berardenga to Gaile in Chianti route (part of the Stada dei Castelli)

By air: Florence's Amerigo Vespucci [FLR] and Pisa's Galileo Galilei [PSA] , both in Tuscany, and Perugia [PEG] in Umbria are the closest airports; Rome's Fiumicino [FCO], Milan's Malpensa [MXP], and Bologna [BLQ] airports are also convenient for visiting Tuscany and other parts of central Italy.