The heart of the wine growing region in Tuscany - Chianti Road
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This will perhaps go on to become my most memorable day in the area, not because I saw the most touristy spots but because to me, it represented what true Tuscany is all about - the rolling hills, the lovely villages, the roads, and fields and fields and fields of greenery and grapevines, so laid out and sparse. This was the scene straight out of the movies, only I wasn't driving in a rickety ol' car! No, I was being chauffered around! The man of the hour was a private guide I got in touch with, who had said he'd meet me and my parents in front of the station by 9am. He was on time!
I have to say, the funniest thing about Italy is - you meet all sorts of people from all over the world. So don't expect the most fascinating authentic Italian accent always. This bloke had a Spanish name but spoke like he just stepped out of Manhattan.
Anyway, the weather was perfect. Our drive started off and we started going through the aforementioned rolling hills of the Tuscan valley. And they are a delight. See the pictures for proof! Our first stop of the day was the Castello Vicchiomaggio (www.vicchiomaggio.it). This is a beautiful house set atop the hills overlooking plentiful fields, the best was a swimming pool that kind of spills over into the valley. Now isn't that a steal! Our guide gave us a briefing on the place, not that it really mattered.
From here, we continued to the market town of Greve in Chianti. It was Saturday market, and it was a feast. I loved how you get all varities of cheese, meat and wine. The Italians sure love to eat. The city centre comes alive, and so many people around. We had coffee at a rsnt inside, and went for a walk around the place. I also bought a few souvenirs, and after about 1 hour of wandering around, it was back in the car.
Next stop was the hilltop village of Montefioralle. This really isn't even a village, it's a loop of houses. Think of a cul de sac that isn't a cul-de-sac! It starts, loops around and returns with cobbled pavements, old houses and some very interesting doors (of all things).
Final stop of the day, and our longest was the winery where we'd also have lunch - Fattoria Montagliari (www.montagliari.it). The thing that strikes you about this place is how vast each winery is. You must have an awful lot of money to own/operate in this place. The word "family run business" rings true here because I'd feel scared to let such a heritage out of my family's hands.
Lunch was very good, the rsnt wasn't, and was quite pricey. See my review below for a full assessment.
After wasting 2 hours+ on lunch, we went to view the cellars which was, well, we've all seen it before.
Overall, a great great experience, I don't know the last time I felt so touristy and so "complete" having seen something I always wanted to in years.