Chianti nouvelles


May 20 - Florence


A Black Rooster treasure hunt through the streets of Florence

A treasure hunt in the footsteps of the famous Chianti Classico Black Rooster in the city that, with Siena, represents its most. Meeting at 4:30 pm in the Lungarno Torrigiani public gardens and division into teams of 4 people each and by nationality. Explanation of the hunt and consignment of an envelop with the initial clues. At hunt's end, an aperitif and award ceremony for the winning team

FEE: 30 euro per person, including aperitif.

May 25 – Castellina in Chianti
Pentecost in Castellina dinner under the loggias
8 pm
The traditional dinner inaugurating "Pentecost in Castellina" is again being held under the town's vaulted loggias. The event will initiate Chianti Classico is in one of the loveliest places in the territory.
€ 37,00 per person.


May 26-27 – Castellina in Chianti
Pentecost in Castellina
3 to 8 pm
A weekend of tastings open to the public to sample wines from the southern part of the territory in the context of "Pentecost in Castellina". The event, now in its XVI edition, is organized by the Castellina Vintners Association in cooperation with the Consorzio Amo Castellina (I Love Castellina Consortium). The vintners will be present for the tastings, for direct contact between wineries and final consumers.
The wine can be sampled only after purchasing a tasting glass from the reception desks at either end of Via delle Volte. Music and handicraft marts will accompany the tastings.


May 25-27 – San Casciano Val di Pesa – Piazza della Repubblica gardens.
May 25, 5 pm to midnight; May 26, 11 am to midnight; May 27, 11 am to 7 pm.
The Black Rooster & Street Food
Back again is the finest street food from all over Italy paired with Chianti Classico wines from Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tavarnelle and San Casciano Val di Pesa. Every evening, from 7 pm, live music will accompany enjoyment of the wine & food specialties.

May 25 May 26 May 27
7 pm: Cool Quartet 7 pm: I repleva 7 pm: Cool Quartet
9 pm: Gatti Mezzi 9 pm: Porto Flamingo 9 pm: Smania

Street Food
Abruzzo: Grilled meats, sausages and Abruzzo-style chops from Di Pietro
Liguria: Recco cheese focaccia and chickpea flatbread from Tre Sorelle
Sicilia: Arancini (rice croquettes with pea and meat filling), breads and rolls, bread with spleen gravy, cannoli, cassata from Caffè 69
Romagna: Piadina (unleavened bread rounds, plain or filled) and wraps from Nazareno Amati
Lazio: Mixed fried seafood from Taddeo Massimo
Marche: Ascoli mixed fry, Ascoli meat-stuffed fried olives and chocolate creams from Nonna Nina
Toscana: Stewed tripe, San Giovanni-style meat stew from Paola Tommeniconi
Argentina: Grilled Argentine meats from Elisabetta Morsiani
Toscana: Monte San Savino roast pig, Tuscan cold cuts from Vestri G
Sardegna: Sardinian roast pig, sausage and seadas (cheese-filled pita-type bread with honey) from Sardegna in Tavola
Special guest:
Marche: Street food revisited by Chef Mauro Uliassi


May 27
Greve in Chianti – the Pescille Orangerie, Panzano in Chianti
5 pm
Goals di-vini/Goals and wines divine
Just days before kick-off of the European Football Championship, a tasting re-evoking the greatest goals of yesteryear, featuring 10 Chianti Classico wines.
Fee: 15 euros, 10 for AIS, FISAR, ENOCLUB and SLOWFOOD members


June 1-5 – Lamole (Greve in Chianti) – Piazza di Lamole – June 2, 11 am to 8 pm; June 3, 4, 5, 11 am to 9 pm
The scents of Lamole
Valle di Lamole vintners meet with the public in four days of open-air tastings.
Info: Greve Tourism Office: 055 8545271


June 2 – Santa Maria al Prato Convent – Radda in Chianti
"Radda in the Glass" seminars for Chianti Classico is

10:30 am
Radda & Burgundy United in Excellence
Chianti Classico wines from Radda in Chianti meet Burgundies for a terrific tasting.
Conductor: Raoul Salamà
Fee: 30 euros, 25 for AIS, FISAR; ENOCLUB and SLOWFOOD members

3 pm
Recognize Radda?
A blind tasting with "intruders". A challenge for wine-lovers, asked to discern the particular features of Radda territory.
Fee: 15 euros, 10 for AIS, FISAR, ENOCLUB and SLOWFOOD members


June 1-3 – Radda in Chianti. Saturday, 2 to 7 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6:30 pm
Radda in the Glass
Tastings of Radda wines through the streets of town.


May 27 and June 3 – Castellina, Greve, Radda in Chianti – territory restaurants, 1 pm
Homemaker's Trophy
Territorial cuisine prepared by its most faithful interpreters: homemakers in Greve, Castellina, Radda and Gaiole in Chianti. In an all-Chianti cook-off, the housewives in the four towns located entirely within Chianti Classico territory will compete at three events devoted to great home cooking. At each one, diners will proclaim the winning town after tasting the homemakers' specialties.


May 27, 1 pm

Greve vs Radda
"Le Cascie" park – Castellina in Chianti

Castellina vs Gaiole
Restaurant Da Verrazzano – Piazza Matteotti, Greve in Chianti

June 3, 1 pm

Santa Maria al Prato Convent – Radda in Chianti
Fee: 25 euros per person


June 2 – Piazza Ricasoli – Gaiole in Chianti – 10 am to 7 pm
Flower mart
Piazza Ricasoli becomes a palette of colors enveloped in a magical atmosphere of inebriating fragrances: flower growers and nursery owners return to Gaiole to display their finest products.


June 2 – Former Ricasoli cellars – Gaiole in Chianti
Wine is Served
The charm of cinema combined with that of Chianti Classico from Gaiole in Chianti for a very special tasting. Free admission, to seating capacity.


June 2
Following the Black Rooster legend, on foot
Departure from Castellina and Greve in Chianti – 9 am
A re-enactment of the Black Rooster legend in two pedestrian routes that will rewrite history. As for the medieval knights, departure will be at cock's crow, from Castellina and from Greve in Chianti. The two groups will meet in Panzano for a finale lunch at Dario Cecchini's "McDario" restaurant; the winning team will be given bottles of Chianti Classico.
30 euros per person. Extra costs: round-trip shuttle from Florence or Siena, 15 euros per person.
Non-participating accompanier lunch at McDario: 20 euros.


May 26, 30, 31 and June 2

Tours exploring the different spirits characterizing Chianti Classico wineries. A guide will accompany you through a day devoted to the Black Rooster and its birthplaces: castles, abbeys, big and small wineries amidst art and the Sangiovese credo on a tour that includes visits to three different wineries.
For bookings and info: Essence of Italy – 055 2466800/ 355 8082349
Fee: 25 euros per person
The price includes: minibus transportation, Italian/English guide, visit and tasting of 2 wines with snacks at two wineries and a light lunch and tasting at a third.

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