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Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is both a wine and a territorial region.

The Chianti wine area was first mentioned in historical documents as far back as the thirteenth century. It is divided into 7 sub-zones and the oldest and most genuine of these is indeed Chianti Classico. It is at the heart of the region, and includes the towns of Greve, Radda, Castellina and Panzano, stretching from Florence to Siena from North to South, and from the Chianti mountains to Val di Pesa from East to West.

The production of Chianti Classico is regulated by the Consortium, and among its rules is the requirement that it contain no less than 80% of Sangiovese, the phenomenal indigenous grape that has made Tuscany and its wines famous throughout the world.

But not only is the area blessed with the most exceptional terroir, it also has the perfect climate for olive trees, and the zone produces what is arguably the greatest extra virgin olive oil in the world - some of which you may sample directly at Villa Bordoni.

It is also a zone of almost indescribable natural beauty. The rolling hills alternate from a covering of dense forest, packed to the gunnels with wildlife, to the acres of vineyards that take advantage of every south-facing slope. Through a mixture of sensible planning and a good dose of fate, the area has been virtually unspoiled by modern civilisation, and boasts views that could almost date back to the renaissance.