The Beloved Chianti

A little history on Chianti…

Italians’ love their wine and in particular appreciate a red wine called Chianti. Chianti is produced in the rolling hills of the Chianti region located in central Tuscany, Italy. There are three versions of Chianti: Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Riserva. What sets Chianti and Chianti Classico apart is the region in which they are produced. Chianti Classiso is the oldest and most respected area in the Chianti region. The wine is produced between Florence and Siena and is trademarked with a black rooster signifying the area of production. The black rooster symbolizes the Chianti Military League and the ownership of the Chianti land. Chianti Riserva is composed of the best grapes and has a longer maturation period than Chianti Classico. Chianti and Chianti Classico represent the traditional wine made in Tuscany and are valued highly amongst the region.

Chianti Day Trip…

I took the opportunity to hike through the countryside and vineyards of Chianti while learning about the production of wine. The hike was long, beautiful, and well worth it. After the walk, I had the pleasure of visiting the Sassolini Family Villa where the seventh generation continues to produce wine and maintain their aging wine cellars. The family provided an authentic, Tuscan lunch along with a wine tasting for our group. Learning about the family’s origins and the production of their family’s wine was incredible.

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