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»» Wine Tasting and Classical Music in Chianti, Tuscany

The wonderful medieval village of San Donato in Poggio, located in Tuscany, in one of the major Chianti growing zones, hosts the fifth edition of “Chianti in Musica” festival from July 24th to July 31st.

Located in the heart of Chianti, midway from both Florence and Siena, with “Chianti in Musica” San Donato in Poggio offers a week of tastings of the fine red wine produced in the Chianti region accompaned by a number of classical music concerts as well as by culinary and wine theme events.

When: July 24 – 31, 2010 (annual)
Where: San Donato in Poggio (Tuscany)
Directions by car: take the Florence-Siena superstrada, and exit at San Donato in Poggio.
Find out details on http://chiantinmusica.it/eng/index.php .


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»» Weeks of Wines in Siena, Tuscany

Le Settimane dei Vini” — Weeks of Wines — offers a number of wine themed events held in late May and in June — from May 23 through June 19 –, in the city of Siena, Tuscany.

Siena

The historic city of Siena, is situated in one of the major wine production zones in Italy, boasting the likes of “Brunello di Montalcino”, “Nobile di Montepuciano”, just to name a few.

On May 23, the first of a number of wine sampling sessions named “Happy wine con i vini del Vigneto Italia“, is scheduled in Siena at Bastione S. Francesco (h. 6-8 PM). It will be offering a tasting of selected wines paired with chocolate delicacies.


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»» Grape Festivals in Chianti: Impruneta

The annual “Festa dell’Uva” (Grape Feast) in Impruneta, Chianti area (20 min. from Florence), Tuscany, offers visitors a major occasion to taste the local Chianti wine.

The feast wich celebrates the land and the beginning of the vintage year, is also an occasion to know more about the variety of grapes from which the Chianti wine is made.

In addition to the food and drink stalls in the main square of Impruneta , there is also a historical parade with spectacular costumes celebrating grapes and wine-making through the town.

– Map of Impruneta and Chianti area.
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»» Wine Tour Tips: Chianti Area

If you plan to visit wineries in the Chianti area and eventually have wine tastings by spending a day or two, I suggest you consider a wine tour which will maximize your visit.

Radda in Chianti

Firstly, you could find it a bit complicated visiting wineries in Italy: not all have tasting rooms and most are by appointment only. Secondly, you need a car; think most of non-italians hate driving in Italy…….

A one-day wine tour including visits to 4/5 wineries would cost around 100 Euro per person, and generally a full lunch and tastings are included.
However, should you tailor a your own tour, have a look to the following websites of wineries located in the area.
– http://www.consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it/brunello/ns.asp?wci=home&lng=1033&cur=0
– http://www.altesino.it/en/visita.php
– http://www.castellobanfi.com/
– http://www.coltibuono.com/0index.asp?Lingua=ing
– http://www.dievole.it/en/home/home.aspx
– http://www.fattoriadeibarbi.net/index_e.html

– See Chianti area on the (interactive map).
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