Castellina in Chianti
According to climate data, Castellina in Chianti is on average the coldest town in the entire Chianti Classico zone, at least among the communal centers. Considering its altitude and also its open position exposed to winds, that may not be surprising, but it’s important not to arrive at hasty conclusions.
First of all, the communal territory can be divided into two very different parts, as can be seen by scrolling through the first two images that trace the panoramic road leading from San Donato in Poggio to Fonterutoli from one end to the other.
On the left, the hills face the interior part of the zone, with a landscape clearly marked by the presence of woods. On the right, on the other hand, the landscape is open with unobstructed views that range from Monte Amiata to Monte Albano with an almost equal presence of vineyards and woods.
What is more important are the extreme differences in altitude between the highest and lowest points, with an average easily exceeding 300 meters overall, resulting in important alterations in microclimates, as evidenced in the third image (which covers the most heavily planted area of the commune). More difficult to grasp, for all but the most attentive of observers, are variations in the landscape that often bring to light as many variations in geology. If, as a rule in the higher areas the abundance of woods signifies rocky soils, typically in lower areas where gentler contours with sporadic vegetation prevail, soils tend to be deeper and dominated by clay.
To better understand this, take a look at the fourth image, which shows in detail those areas that in the third image can be seen only in the distance.
Returning to the eastern side of the communal territory, where woods prevail, vineyards are mainly concentrated in a rather small area, so that a single image (the last one) is enough to cover nearly all of them. In particular, the largest extensions of vineyards are on the slope that climbs from Piazza to Nittardi along the border with Barberino Tavarnelle, in the area of Santa Maria a Grignano and in the less visible areas of Grignanello and Casalta. Not to be neglected are the areas of Tregole, Casalecchi, Castagneto and Collelungo, visible in the second panoramic image.
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.