As can be seen in the simplified map of the zone, the municipal territory of Castelnuovo Berardenga, or at least the part that falls within the Chianti Classico production zone, can be divided into two areas, one to the east and one to the west. If we compare the first two panoramic images we can see how the landscape of the two areas is profoundly different.
At San Gusmé, and in other neighboring localities to the east, most of the vineyards extend along a sort of terrace that lies at the base of the last foothills of the Monti del Chianti, creating a clear and recognizable disruption in the landscape that can be seen even better by studying the third panoramic image.
Moving downill and southward, the landscape takes on a more undulating and irregular form linked to the sandy nature of the land, but overall still far from the contours of the gently rolling hills of the Crete Senesi that can be seen beyond the boundary of the zone in the direction of Monte Amiata.
Moving to the western part of the commune around the village of Vagliagli, as visible in the second and fourth images, it is clear in this case that the transition between the mountainous heart of the zone and its southern offshoots is more gradual. Barring a few exceptions, most of the vineyards are located along a series of ridges parallel to each other, and sometimes almost flat at the top, between the Val d’Arbia, to the east, and the hill of Quercegrossa, which also marks the southwestern border of the zone.
To the south lie the villages of Pianella, San Giovanni a Cerreto and Ponte a Bozzone (not visible in the images), southerly outposts of Chianti Classico.
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.