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Chianti Classico is an area of approximately 100 square miles, situated between the cities of Florence and Siena. It encompasses four municipalities in their entirety - Greve, Radda, Gaiole, and Castellina - as well as portions of five others. More than 700 grape growers farm the 24,700 acres of vineyards in this area.
Although this is not a large area, the Chianti Classico zone is quite varied in soil and climate because of altitude differences and varying distance from the Arno River, which flows through Florence. The soil in the southern part of the area is stony and hard in some parts, clayey in others, while soil in the north, closer to Florence, is richer. Higher elevations are cooler. The southernmost part, Castelnuovo Berardenga, is warmer than most of the other parts of the zone. This diversity of climate and oil - together with the flexibility regarding grape varieties that the DOCG regulation provides, and varying winemaking styles - creates a stunning array of wines.
Here below some Chianti Classico wineries:
San Casciano Val di Pesa
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Castello della Paneretta
Castello di Rampolla
Castellina in Chianti
Castello di Fonterutoli
There are several established Wine Tours firms in the area, among them: www.slow-days.com, www.viandando.it, www.tuscanwinetours.net
Here you cand find more information about Chianti wines including suggestions on buying cheap Chianti. You'll also find advice about serving temperature and food combinations of varios wines.
For a general introduction to all aspects of Chianti, refer to www.chianti.info