8 days of wine and culture,
exploring Chianti Classico.
Tastings for wine experts and newcomers, conferences, music, tours and open cellars. From May 30 to June 6 the Gallo Nero opens its doors to welcome a host of events all focused on the “Classico”.
Eight days of wine and culture that will be kicking off a project to be repeated through the years and intended to be one of Italy’s leading wine fetes.
For its first edition the event will begin with an open-air dinner in one of the loveliest spots in the territory. The traditional “Pentecost in Castellina” feast will in fact be reprised the evening of May 30 expressly for Classico č beneath the town’s vaulted-roof loggias.
On following days the event calendar will really get started thanks to the “Cantine aperte" (Open Cellars) organized by the Wine Tourism Movement (Sunday, May 31) and the Classico is wineries that will stay open throughout the 8-day program for tastings and guided tours, thanks to the enthusiasm of so many Chianti Classico makers.
Classico č will also be an occasion for getter better acquainted with various aspects of the ancient Tuscan denomination thanks to tastings hosted by leading Italian and international wine journalists: Eleanora Guerrini of Gambero Rosso and Ernesto Gentili of the Guida dei Vini d’Italia will be examining Black Rooster longevity in “horizontal” tastings of old vintages of Chianti Classico: Gianni Fabrizio, a recent member of the Gambero Rosso team, will instead be analyzing the various zones of Chianti Classico in a tasting of 8 different wines from all over the territory; and to the experience of Daniel Thomases, one of the editors of “I Vini di Veronelli” will be entrusted an analysis of “Highland Classico”, the wines from provenances more than 450 meters above sea level.
The first edition of the event is moreover a tribute to one of the most important personages in Italian history (and Chianti’s in particular) on the two-hundredth anniversary of his birth: Baron Bettino Ricasoli.
In remembrance of the “Iron Baron” and to analyze his farsighted views that two centuries ago interpreted viticulture and its socio-economic system in a spirit even today considered modern, a conference will be devoted to him at his own Castello di Brolio.
Classico č will also bring on board restaurants in the territory that during the event will be offering prix-fixe menus, with every course accompanied by a different Chianti Classico.
The two Classico-i info points that will be open throughout the event at the Greve and Castellina in Chianti tourist offices (Castellina Tourist Office – Via Ferruccio 40, Castellina in Chianti – Tel. 0577 741392/ Greve Tourist Office – Piazza Matteotti, Greve in Chianti – Tel. 055 8546299).
Further information http://www.classico-e.it/en.html
- Agenzia per il Turismo di Firenze (Florence Tourist Office)