Italy: Tuscany

Between San Gimignano and Siena

Chianti Classico, San Gimignano and some Super Tuscans
By Michèle Shah

This Guide was last updated on 30 March 2010
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Castello Vicchiomaggio on top of a vine-clad hill dominating the valley of Greve © Peter Harvey

Castello Vicchiomaggio

Address: Via Vicchiomaggio 4, 50022 Greve in Chianti (FI)
Tel: 055 854079  Fax: 055 853911
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:36:34N (43.60944)    Longitude: 11:17:08E (11.28556) 

Castello Vicchiomaggio, with its crenellated tower, is strategically placed on top of a vine-clad hill dominating the valley of Greve in Chianti, which during its 15th-century feuds with the city of Siena was crucial to the defence of Florence. Vicchiomaggio draws its fame from the Renaissance period and is said to have hosted the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci while he was painting his masterpiece, Mona Lisa – the estate’s landscape has probably not changed since that time. Wine has always been produced here and the present owners, John and Paola Matta, are dedicated to maintaining this centuries-old tradition. Several styles of Chianti Classico and IGT wines are produced, from the traditional to the innovative. They include a very good Ripa delle More – Sangiovese/Cabernet/Merlot which is ripe and fruity with good body to it; and their Chianti Classico La Prima Riserva – 100% Sangiovese is also very good. Accommodation, a restaurant and wine/cooking classes are also available – see website.

Useful information: Open all year except between Christmas and New Year. Cellar visits followed by a tasting are offered by appointment at 11.30 and 16.30 in high season and 11.30 and 15.00 in low season. The cost is €4.50 (unless you are staying at the estate) and includes a tasting of 4 estate wines. English, German and French are spoken. It is also possible to arrange a visit to the cellars at 18.00 plus a dinner with wines at the hotel restaurant all an inclusive price €43.50. Groups (up to 100+) are welcome, booking is required.


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