Enchanting Tuscany has delighted visitors for centuries . This iconic part of Italy, has gently rolling hillsides, olive trees, vineyards and tall cypresses all vying for space alongside ancient castles. One of the most popular areas, located between Florence and Siena, is the Chianti region, the famous wine growing area whose red wine is enjoyed the world over.
Just 30kms or 18 miles from Florence lies the town of Greve, the main town and epicentre of the Chianti Valley. Every year on the second weekend in September the town celebrates their acclaimed local produce with the Chianti Classico Wine Festival. The triangular market place the Piazza Matteoti in this small town is transformed into a wine fair with all kinds of stalls where one can sample not only a variety of different chianti wines but also a range of other tasty local produce.
Tourists and locals alike wander through the ranks of stalls in the warm late summer sunshine, entranced not just by the wine but also the musical arrangements which accompany the event. With a small glass in your hand you can ensure that you keep topping up with the local tipple. We recommend purchasing the entry ticket which includes a souvenir wine glass, which you can use to sample the wines from 8-10 different varieties of Chianti, thus providing suitable protection against getting thirsty! The event begins on the Thursday when stalls open from 5pm and they are open longer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
Be part of this lively event and experience the joys of Tuscany from its culinary side!
Learn all about our group arrangements for the Chianti wine festival on our website