Chianti Classico Wine Festival in Greve in Chianti

Chianti Classico Wine Festival in Greve in Chianti

September is a great month for wine festivals and my favorite is the Chianti Classico Wine Festival. This annual 4 day festival occurs on the Thursday through Sunday of the second weekend in September. It is held in Piazza Matteotti in Greve in Chianti.

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How it works

When you enter, look for the “cassa” where you can purchase your ticket and receive a wine glass, pouch and punch card. In 2015, the ticket price was 10 euros which entitled you to 7 wine tastings.

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The piazza is fiiled with numerous individual vendors offering wine tasting. By wine tasting, I don’t mean your glass is filled, so don’t expect it. It is a few sips which is enough for you to decide whether you like the wine enough to buy a bottle.

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When you request a tasting, the vendor “may” punch your card, thereby lessoning the amount of tastings you have left. Please note that riserva wines will incur 2 holes punched on your card so choose wisely!

 

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Not all vendors punch your card, especially during your first visit to their stand. I have learned that a BIG smile aids in them not punching your card. I came home with 3 wine tastings left this year but I definitely had more than 7 tastings.  It was a lot of fun at the end of the night comparing with friends who had the most spots left unpunched!  A fierce competition it was 😉

 

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The Program

Wine tasting on the opening night begins at 5:00 but Fri – Sat it begins at 11:00 and lasts anywhere from 8:00 -10:00.

In addition to wine tastings, you will find olive oil tastings, crafts and music.

Click Here for a video of the band and some scenes from the festival.

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