Autumn in Chianti with WeHike

20 Sep 2023 | Culture and Events, Territory

Flavors not to be missed in Chianti. What makes autumn a special time to spend in Chianti: wines, truffles, and olive oil..

wehike's tips on what to do in autumn in chianti
Autumn in Chianti means grape harvest: the most important time for the wine world

Discover the grape harvest in Chianti: an adventure between Hike & Wine

Autumn is the season when the earth and nature give us some of their most precious fruits, starting with the bunches of grapes that reach maturity in the vineyards and give off incredible colors and scents.

The vendemmia in Tuscany is the most important time for the wine world, the best time to really get to know and appreciate in all their charm the Chianti Hills and the historic wineries of Chianti Classico.

The grape variety par excellence in the Chianti region is Sangiovese, an ancient vine, which together with Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera and many other varieties gives life to great Chianti Classico wines of extraordinary elegance.

Observing the various stages that characterize the grape harvest-the picking of the grapes, the destemming, the crushing-and also witnessing the various processes of winemaking-from fermentation of the must to racking and decanting-allows one to understand the magical evolution that leads each berry to become the “nectar of the gods.”

the grape harvest in autumn in chianti
The grape harvest in autumn in Chianti

If the idea of a Chianti tour during harvest fascinates you, come hike with us with the Hike & Wine experience to discover the Chianti region and a family-owned winery that produces Chianti Classico wine. Discover the wineries of Chianti Classico with WeHike.

Hike & Taste: Truffle Hunting in Chianti with WeHike

Autumn is also synonymous with the most precious fruit on earth, the prized white truffle or “Tuber Magnatum Pico”.

Its aroma and flavor crown it the “king of kings,” the most prized species of truffle that grows spontaneously underground living in symbiosis with the roots of specific plants, such as hazel, downy oak, turkey oak, aspen hornbeam and linden, which are very present in Chianti territory.

experience authentic truffle hunting in chianti
Experience authentic truffle hunting in Chianti

If you want to discover, learn about and savor the white truffle of the hills of Tuscany and the secret corners of the Chianti region, truffle hunting in Chianti with WeHike, is the most fascinating experience you can have.

Immersing yourself in the Chianti woods with a truffle hunter and his dogs will allow you to go in search of the Chianti white truffle and experience a new and fun activity in nature. At the end of the truffle hunting tour you will also be able to taste the truffles you have collected during your truffle hunt in combination with typical local dishes, such as Florentine steak with truffles.

Hike & Taste: Olive Oil tasting experience in Chianti

Finally, autumn is also the favorite season for new, freshly pressed olive oil. The rolling hills of Chianti are an exceptional treasure chest to search for the green gold of Tuscany: in the heart of Tuscany, with the Hike & Olive Oil tasting experience, you can in fact immerse yourself in the beautiful olive groves where an extra virgin olive oil rich in essences and color nuances is produced, thanks to the the Tuscan olive varieties : frantoio, leccino, moraiolo and pendolino.

fall is the perfect season to discover new oil from chianti
Fall is the perfect season to discover new oil from Chianti

After an hike among the Chianti hills, you will have a chance to visit an olive mill in the midst of its activity, watch the olives being pressed and taste the freshly pressed Tuscan EVO oil, with its multifaceted richness of incomparable aromas, flavors and organoleptic properties.

The Chianti Classico Olio DOP is characterized by a fairly intense green color, sometimes somewhat fruity, with a spicy and slightly bitter flavor. On the table is an excellent match with traditional Tuscan dishes, such as ribollita, pappa al pomodoro and panzanella.

Fall events not to be missed in Chianti in Tuscany

If you are thinking of a trip out of town or a vacation in October and November in Tuscany and Chianti, there are numerous events and appointments that could make your stay even more memorable.

In addition to the scenic and cultural beauty and experiences offered by WeHike, the Tuscan autumn in Chianti offers a number of not-to-be-missed events. We have selected for you some of the most significant initiatives:

Montefioralle Divine 2023

If you are a wine lover, Montefioralle Divino is an event you cannot miss. Set in the charming village of Montefioralle, this festival allows you to taste some of Tuscany’s finest wines directly from local producers. It is the perfect opportunity to discover new flavors and learn about Tuscan winemaking techniques.

Sept. 22-24, 2023 – Main square of the medieval village of Montefioralle: Piazza Santo Stefano, Greve in Chianti – Find out more details

97th Impruneta Grape Festival 2023

The Impruneta Grape Festival is one of the most anticipated events in Tuscany. Celebrating its 97th edition, this festival is a true tribute to the area’s wine culture. In addition to tastings, you can enjoy parades, shows and activities for the whole family.

Sunday, October 1, 2023 – Buondelmonti Square, Impruneta – Learn about the 2023 program

50th Reggello Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review 2023

If extra virgin olive oil is one of your passions, don’t miss the 50th edition of the Reggello Oil Review. This event is a showcase of the best that Tuscany has to offer in terms of EVO oil. Participate in workshops, tastings and tours of olive mills to discover all the secrets of green gold.

November 1-5, 2023 – Reggello – More information

White Truffle Market Exhibition 2023

The White Truffle Market Exhibition is a paradise for truffle lovers. This exclusive event allows you to explore the universe of white truffles, from harvesting to cooking. You can also buy fresh truffles and truffle products from local suppliers.

November 10-11 and 17-18, 2023 – San Giovanni d’Asso (Montalcino) – Find out program details

Autumn in Chianti: an experience not to be missed

Autumn in Chianti is a multi-sensory journey that leaves you breathless.

It is the season of grape harvesting, truffle hunting and oil pressing, activities that immerse you in the very essence of Tuscany. From tasting delicious wines to trekking among the olive trees, Chianti in autumn is an experience to be experienced in all its nuances.

WeHike offers you the opportunity to discover the area in an authentic and adventurous way, from tours of historic wineries to truffle hunting in the heart of the Tuscan forests. And with events scattered around the region, there is always something new and exciting to discover.

So put a visit between October and November to Tuscany on your agenda and get ready to fall in love with Chianti like never before.

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