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Discovering Chianti Classico wine in Greve in Chianti
Expo Chianti Classico 2023, the most important Chianti Classico wine festival in Chianti, represents the privileged opportunity to get to know Chianti Classico wine in its unique production area, the Chianti region.
On the long weekend from September 7th to 10th, the medieval town of Greve in Chianti hosts Expo Chianti Classico 2023, the main wine festival event of late summer for those who love or want to learn about Tuscan wine culture with Chianti Classico wine.
This year the event celebrates its 51st edition and offers its visitors a program rich in artistic and cultural events and close encounters with local winemakers with a rich calendar of Chianti Classico wine tastings, to learn more about the history and peculiarities of the Chianti region, the land of the “Black Rooster.”
Events not to be missed at Expo Chianti Classico 2023: wine tastings, guided hikes and more
Among the most interesting events of the Expo Chianti Classico review, WeHike recommends the following tastings led by the Sommelier Fabio Ceccarelli (AIS 2023 Chianti Classico Master):
- WINE TASTING “ABC’s on Wine” – to learn how to taste and better understand each wine, through a tasting of 3 Chianti Classico wines.
- WINE TASTING “The U.G.A. of the North”: San Casciano, Greve in Chianti, Montefioralle, Lamole, Panzano, San Donato in Poggio – to discover and learn about the new Additional Geographical Units of the northern part of Chianti Classico.
- WINE TASTING “The U.G.A. of the South”: Radda, Gaiole, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Vagliagli, Castellina to discover and learn about the new Additional Geographical Units of the southern part of Chianti Classico.
- WINE TASTING “The Black Rooster and its pairings”, tasting Chianti Classico and Vinsanto in combination with gastronomic proposals from local restaurants.
We also advise you not to miss the performance on Sunday, September 10th with the Historical Group, Musicians, Dames and Flag-wavers of FIVIZZANO. Finally, during the days of the Expo Chianti Classico, there will also be side events-exhibitions, guided tours and hiking tours in Chianti with WeHike that will organize beautiful walks on the Chianti Classico hills around the town of Greve in Chianti. Check out our hiking experiences in the Chianti region.
A full immersion in Chianti between history and legends
With Expo Chianti Classico 2023, you can therefore spend a long weekend in Greve in Chianti (ask us to organize a super weekend in Chianti for you!!), among the scents of grape harvest and invigorating hillside breezes.
A unique opportunity for a full immersion in the Lands of the Black Rooster, discovering the production of the Chianti Classico wine whose date of birth can be traced back to 1716, when Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici demarcated the first Chianti wine area, now known precisely as Chianti Classico (but the separation from Chianti DOCG came only in 1996).
Want to know the legend of the Black Rooster, the symbol of Chianti Classico wine? Read this article.
What kind of wine is Chianti Classico?
The distinctive characteristics of this wine – itself a DOCG since 1984 – are that it is derived from at least 80% of Sangiovese grapes with a maximum contribution of 20% from other red grape varieties (such as: Colorino, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), grown at higher altitudes than Chianti DOCG and distributed in 9 municipalities, between the provinces of Siena and Florence.
Finally, the production of Chianti Classico wine is divided into 3 type of wines: the Annata, or standard wine, which matures for 12 months before release; the Riserva, which must age 24 months; and the Gran Selezione, with the longest aging requirement, 30 months.