Chianti Classico by Castello di Monsanto

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Chianti Classico is a beautiful area of Tuscany whose rolling hills are covered in vineyards and olive groves. It is dotted with wineries as well as small, picturesque towns. Visitors will enjoy the wineries, medieval-era buildings, and standing churches.⁣

Laura Bianchi, owner of Castello di Monsanto, takes us around Chianti Classico to unfold hidden gems, discover local producers, explore the artisanal side of the area.

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Locanda di Pietracupa in San Donato in Poggio - it is an inn with a beautiful terrace where there is the most beautiful sunset in the Chianti Classico. You'll find typical Tuscan cuisine with a little twist paired with a beautiful wine list.⁣

Le Panzanelle Restaurant in Loc. Lucarelli, Radda - an excellent typical Tuscan "trattoria"⁣

Arnolfo Restaurant in Colle Val D’Elsa - 2 Michelin Star restaurant. Laura says "When I want to pamper myself a little without going too far, I pick Gaetano Trova's cuisine. The wine list, personally followed by the chef, is fabulous."

Gelateria Dondoli - an exquisite ice cream in San Gimignano.

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Macelleria Stiaccini in Castellina in Chianti - Riccardo has a great selection of meat from Tuscan farms and, of course, a fabulous Florentine steak.⁣

Bottega and Enoteca Porciatti in Radda in Chianti - nice selection of wines. Laura says: "I like to go for an aperitif because they have great wines by the glass." In the shop, you can find high quality local gastronomic specialties and excellent Chianina meat.⁣

If you're looking for cheese: Il Vello d'Oro in Barberino val d’Elsa is a small dairy that produces excellent Pecorino only with the milk of their sheep⁣

About local fresh markets, Laura says: "When I have time I love to shop at the market, on Saturday morning in Castellina in Chianti, on Tuesday morning in Poggibonsi."

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Tessitura di Tregole in Castellina in Chianti - Laura says: "I really like the products by hand, on wool, cotton, linen that Rossella makes on the loom.⁣

Lucia Volentieri in Castellina in Chianti - for over 30 years Lucia has been making works of ceramic and porcelain of an extreme elegance and taste.⁣

The Gagliardi Art Gallery in San Gimignano - a place where you can discover new artists and also find important pieces of contemporary art.



Castello del Nero Resort & Spa in Barberino Tavarnelle: it is the most beautiful hotel we have in the area, located in a beautiful 12th century castle.⁣

Borgo di Cortefreda: for those who want to spend less, I recommend this hotel also in Barberino Tavarnelle, with beautiful rooms, a swimming pool and an excellent price quality.


Visit & Taste

Monsanto Castle offers the opportunity to visit its suggestive cellars by reservation. The visit includes an overview of the Chianti Classico, the techniques of working in the vineyards, an explanation of the various stages of production, from vinification to aging and ends with the tasting of the estate's wines. On request, we can organize more in-depth seminars and vertical tastings with combinations of typical local products.⁣

Classic Tour: 3-wines tasting ⁣
Merenda Tour: 3-wines tasting paired with local food⁣
Cru Tour: Chianti Classico Docg Gran Selezione Vigna⁣ "Il Poggio” tasting with other two wines paired with local food.⁣
Gourmet Tour: 3-wines tasting paired with a typical lunch

We can also organize events / lunches / dinners for up to 90 people.

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