In discussing the vineyards of this commune it is useful to observe the landscape and especially the orography of the area rather than considering the ancient administrative division between Barberino Val d’Elsa and Tavernelle Val di Pesa.
If we observe the first image, we can see how the Pesa stream and its valley represent a real physical boundary. To the north is the area of Badia a Passignano, which represents from many points of view a sort of trait-d’union between the areas of Santa Maria a Macerata and Panzano.
Most of the vineyards of this area are grouped around Passignano and the abbey of San Michele Arcangelo (see the second image), ranging from the area of Pratale, at the lower part of the slope, with soils quite similar to those of San Casciano Val di Pesa, to the vineyards of Badia a Passignano proper, where the soils have more in common with those of the western slope of Panzano.
Returning now to the first image, everything visible to the south of the Pesa stream lies in the area of San Donato in Poggio. This area, much larger than the previous, includes both the vineyards that gravitate around the village of San Donato and those of a number of other localities, which are visible only in part. To the west, beyond the Florence-Siena highway, is the area of Cerbaia, while to the southwest is the hill of Cortine. In the distance can be seen the areas of Olena and Monsanto, visible with greater detail in the last two images.
The third image in particular shows that going south from Olena we come to other vineyard areas of considerable size, starting with Le Isole and Pianamici and then to Serelle and finally Sante Dame, which, however, lies on the other side of the communal border.
As simple and intuitive as the use of panoramic images may be, some clarifications and suggestions seem in order.
- The number of images used in the virtual tours of the individual communes depends on the form and size of their territories. Some can be covered in a few images and others require more detail. The number of images does not imply in any way a difference in importance from one commune to another.
- To navigate through the various images in the tour of each commune use the thumbnails at the bottom, above the command bar. To rotate the images, to the right or left, drag them with the mouse or with your fingers if you are using a phone or tablet.
- In each image you will find names that identify geographical points and/or toponyms.
- The three colors used for the various names have different meanings. In white are the names of estates and hamlets within the Chianti Classico DOCG zone. In red are the names of communes, villages, mountains and hills within the same boundaries. In blue are the names of geographical points outside the Chianti Classico DOCG territory. Some of the latter, such as mountains and hills, have been inserted to contextualize Chianti Classico in relation to other easily recognizable areas of Tuscany.
- Finally, the course of rivers and streams, as well as the boundaries of communes and denominations, when highlighted, are to be considered approximate, because in some cases they may be hidden by vegetation, buildings or geographical features, or, in other cases, because the details of the image prevent precise identity.