Chianti vineyards ★★★

Vines at the Villa Vistarenni, just outside Gaiole in Chianti, Chianti vineyards, Chianti, Italy (Photo courtesy of the vineyard)
Vines at the Villa Vistarenni, just outside Gaiole in Chianti

Visit the vineyards of the Chianti and tour its wine cellars

Consistency is a virtue when it comes to Chianti.

For several thousand years, the people here have been primarily doing just one thing: lovingly tending the local grapes and producing, in vineyards that now spread across nearly 6,800 hectares (17,000 acres) of the region, one of the most prized wines in the world.

Many wonderful wineries offer tours and tastings (for which it is always wise to book in advance, preferably by a day or two days if not by a full week).

Here are a few favorites.

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Castello di Verrazzano
Florentine Chianti

A Chianti castle whose family produced one of the great early explorers of the American coastline

 
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Villa Vignamaggio
Florentine Chianti

Historic villa where the Mona Lisa was born, "Much Ado about Nothing" was filmed, and great wines are made

 
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Monsanto
Sienese Chianti

A wonderful winery—one of the first run by a woman—with excellent Chiantis and Etruscan-style cellars

 
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The abbey (Photo courtesy of the Badia)
Badia a Coltibuono
Sienese Chianti

A beautifully isolated monastery turned wine estate and renowned cooking school

 
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Castello di Brolio
Sienese Chianti

The castle that invented Chianti Classico

 
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The hamlet and its vines (Photo courtesy of Volpaia)
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Volpaia
Sienese Chianti

A first-rank Chianti wine estate with a medieval stone heart

 
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This Renaissance castle is a listed national monument (Photo courtesy of the property)
Vicchiomaggio
Florentine Chianti

This ancient Chianti castle is a British-own wine estate, hotel, and restaurant

 
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Badia a Passignano
Florentine Chianti

A postcard-perfect Renaissance monastery surrounded by a high-end wine estate

 
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Fonterutoli
Sienese Chianti

An historic Chianti wine estate in the same family for more than 600 years

 
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The hamlet and its vineyards (Photo courtesy of the Castello di Ama)
Castello di Ama
Sienese Chianti

Velvety, oaky wines at a French-style winery inside a medieval Tuscan village

 
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The Villa Strozzi Sonnino and the Villa Vistarenni vines (Photo courtesy of the vineyard)
Vistarenni
Sienese Chianti

A vineyard spilling steeply downhill from a gorgeous 18C villa that also rents rooms

 
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Castello di Meleto
Sienese Chianti

A medieval castle turned winery and hotel

 

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