About Chianti Classico Wine Festival
The Chianti Classico Wine Festival takes place in September every year in the beautiful Tuscan town of Greve in Chianti, Italy.
In 2020 it was the 50th Expo Chianti Classico!
Wine has been produced in this area for over 2000 years.
The region covers an area of approximately 260 km2 between Florence and Siena.
The four days of fun and wine tasting opens on Thursday evening with music in the Piazza Matteotti.
In addition to the wine tastings, there are olive oil, cold cuts and cheese tastings to enjoy.
As with any good festival, music is a big part of the festivities.
The music suits various tastes, from chamber music to DJs and pop.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore and experience all that historic Greve in Chianti offers.
See local artisans at work, join a walking tour, or take a guided tour of the churches and castles in the region.
The festival closes on Sunday with a parade, awards and concert.
Fascinating facts about the Chianti Classico Wine Festival
The suffix Classico is essential because it distinguishes Chianti Classico from Chianti.
Chianti wine is made in Tuscany but not in the geographical area called Chianti.
Wine made in the geographical area called Chianti is called Chianti Classico.
And it is entitled to bear the historic Black Rooster Trademark (Gallo Nero).
To bear this label, the wine needs to adhere to specific regulations.
Sangiovese is the grape typical of the region, and the wine needs to be made with at least 80% of this grape.
How to get there
The town of Greve in Chianti is in Tuscany in the province of Florence.
You’ll find it 30 km south of Florence and 40 km north of Siena.
Florence is the best connection point if travelling to Italy via plane or train.
Travelling via public transport takes about 45 minutes to get from Florence to Greve in Chianti.
The festival website has good directions on getting there if travelling by car or public transport from Florence.
More about Greve in Chianti
Besides being home to the Chianti Classico Wine Festival, Greve is the gateway to Chianti and the world-renowned vineyards.
It’s a bustling town that retains a quaint atmosphere and a great base to explore Florence and the vineyards of Tuscany.
Piazza Matteotti is the heart of the town.
An entrance covers three sides so you can wander around the shops out of the sun or rain.
There is a market every Saturday.
As well as local produce, there are many artisan products for sale.
The Wine Museum is worth a visit.
It’s housed in a wine cellar and tells the history of the region’s wine.
The road from Florence to Siena is particularly scenic.
Not to be missed is nearby Montefioralle.
It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
The Castle of Montefioralle dates back to the year 931.