In the night cafe, we silently drank Chianti ..
The area of Chianti is located a wife between Florence and Siena, between the rivers Arno and Ombron. Florence – Victoria of Antinari Marquis, and Siena – Ricazole Baron. These two aristocratic genus own most of the land and castles of Chianti. Wines produced in these estates make up the national pride of Italy, its golden fund.
Middle Ages, who decid these places with many fortresses, stopped only in 1716, when Duke Tuscan officially proclaimed the borders of the Chianti region, almost not changed to this day. The topper of history and geography was wine: to go to such steep meters of duke forced the manufacturers of fake Chianti. Mark Schianti Classico by that time was known in Europe for more than 300 years (the first mention refers to 1398) and especially loved in England. And the fact that popular, always seek to fake. A large number of low-grade wine picked up the authority of Chianti, and the duke rightly decided to determine the boundaries of the area where the present, classical Chianti. The symbol of genuine Chianti was the black rooster, the image of which was decorated with bottles and taverns. Seeing the black rooster, you can safely drink any wine, even the cheapest – it will not disappoint even picky connoisseurs. Perhaps it’s almost everything that you should know before going to the wine tour, hereinafter also traveling on the road of the castles, – winemaking was and remains the main occupation of the towns and monastic economies. Travel is best in the car: you can trust the landscape and intuition, we are planning to plan a route and, that is important, there is where to fold the trophy bottles with your favorite wine.
You can start from the center of Florence – on Antinari Square still stands the own palace of the Marquizis Antinari family, the owners of the land of Chianti. The history of this kind of documented since 1385, with a record dedicated to Joanni Pierro Antinori entry into the guilders of winemakers. Since then, 26 generations of antinari have changed, and they all engaged in the manufacture of wine and olive oil. In the palace, it is impossible to get – this is a residential building. But you can visit the restaurant Cantineta Antinori and try any of the villas at the antinuary. And be sure to order a famous beef steak "Fiorentina", It is best combined with red Chianti, and prepare it from a special kyansky meat. The most ancient possession of Marquisosis Antinari – Tinhanello estate (Tignanello) will take the value of wine in cozy rooms villas of the XVI century. Here you can taste the Wine Solaia, Tignanello and Tenute Marchese Antinori . Nepodody Leku is an oil mill where the emerald or dark green olive oil is made with a slightly binding and bitter taste. Only the same, it must be present olive oil of the first cold clip. Another estate of the marquizis Antinori – Badia A Passignano (Badia A Passignano) Notice, but the fact that the walls of the monastery of the OR Dena Varlubrosis, founded as in the IV century. By the XII century, the monastery owned the quarter of the land of all Tuscany, and the monks not only served God, but also did wine. Certificates have been preserved that in 1587-1588 there lived here and taught the local monks of Mathematics Galileo Galilee. In the XVI century, the monastery was a major center of science, theology and literature. The monastery library kept 6000 ancient documents. The monastery gate has a wine boutique La Bottega, where you can replenish your collection of the treasures of the Antinari Empire.
In each estate you will tell you about something unique, characteristic only by these places, will tell the legends associated with the wine, they will teach it right to drink it and eat. Driving along vineyards, at the beginning of each row you will see roses bushes. It turns out that, as of roses, experienced grapes determine the well-being of the vine. On each tasting you will learn a lot of subtleties and details. For example, that grapes from one hill goes to the preparation of different varieties of wines if the slopes are illuminated by the Sun uneven, – Breakdi, who received more solar heat and light, will go to more expensive varieties. Good sommelier is able to distinguish more e50 flavors, and do not be surprised if it will absolutely seriously say that wine in your glass should smell blackberry, forest and hedgehog. And do not try to laugh – hurt the respected person. The province of Siena is already owned by OE generation of ricazoli barons. The main castle of this family – Brolio – belongs to Ricazoli from 1191, their heirs live in it and so. Here are the armor and the combat banners of the genus Ricazoli, their library, collections of works of art.
The most significant person of the genus was Bettino Ricazoli, who was at the head of the house in 1860. It was he who made the formula of classical Chianti, thanks to which Barone Ricasoli wines became popular in 80 countries of the world. Bettino talents were not limited to winemaking – he was an extraordinary politician and twice was elected by the Prime Minister of Italy. Brolio’s wine cellar is open to everyone, and here you feel dedicated to the mystery admitted to the Holy of Saints, the rows of barrels, each of which accommodates 10 thousand liters. The most famous local wine – Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva Docg, Casalferro ITG, Brolio Chianti Classico Docg, White Wine Torricella and Vin Santo Docg.
In Siena Castles, Modanella and Bedthenna will gladly cake fans of special comfort – Vintage household buildings here are converted here to luxury apartments with interiors in Tuscan style, bathrooms in bedrooms, hot tubs and swimming pools in the yard. In addition to wonderful wines, travelers and gastronomic masterpieces will be delighted – all local dishes are prepared from their own products, from fields, gardens and forest landfills – from fruits, herbs and berries to famous truffles. Before or after the meal, you will be offered a horse walk through the surrounding green hills, chestnut and oak groves.
The Ricazole family belongs to the Melto Castle (Sastello Di Meleto) – the only one open for visits. The walls of the former monastery of the XI century are rebuilt in the XV century, and the interiors belong to the elegant century XVIII. You can stay in the rest of the castle itself or in the updated adjacent buildings. In any case, you are waiting for a marble bath, a bed with a wrought back and a bottle of Chianti. Dinner will be served in an old dining room under painted vaults, a huge fireplace, musicians and waiters will be dressed in the costumes of the past era, and local wines of Chianti Classico Docg, Chianti Classico Docg Riserva, Castello Di Meleto Fiore Itg will help you to plunge into the atmosphere of luxury and excesses.
MONTERRIGGINGGIONI) Tiny village – a small siena miracle. All it fits inside the crown fortress erected on top of a high hill. Microscopic Central Square with Voultka’s church, near the establishment with a black rooster above the doors – here is its main attractions. It seems incredible: it was exactly that Dante who saw this fortress, but people still live in her walls. The view that opens on the valley from the arch of the fortress wall is worth entering the door with a rooster and drink the Chianti Decanter.
San Gimignano’s San City is not only not only exceptional white Vernaccha di San Gimignano Docg Cecchi), the first mention of which refers to 1276, but also that he has retained the planning of the Etruscan settlement, and in the XIII century it was so incredibly rich in the XIII century What was glad "City of skyscrapers" – 72 Towers proudly rose to the sky, making the city silhouette unique. Not all towers have been preserved to this day, but the remaining impressive. Try on the crooked streets of the city, try the meat of boar – a typical Siena dish. Entries into local meat delicacies are decorated with cable heads, and inside the whole boys are hanging, from which the luxurious pasto is cut by the subtlety pieces.
Traveling on the roads of Chianti, you can hardly see all the locks and visit all the estates. But you will definitely open special places where the welcoming hospitable people have their own wine and oil, even if not famous, but wonderful. You will feed you a delicious dinner and will be happy to respond to each, even if it’s a very approximately uttered word.