Gaiole in Chianti
Gaiole in Chianti, along with Greve, are the only communal centers in the Chianti Classico zone located in valleys and not atop hills. Gaiole, due to its position in a basin at the foot of the Monti del Chianti range, is one of the coolest spots in the entire zone.
However, unlike Greve, which is practically surrounded by vineyards, the Gaiole basin has a lesser presence of vines than other areas of the commune, although there are some historically prestigious positions near the town.
Prominent among the other areas is the expanse between Vertine and San Donato in Perano, which, as can be seen in the second panoramic image, reaches the border with Radda in Chianti on one side and on the other extends to the basin of Gaiole.
Right in front of Vertine is a long ridge that for the sake of convenience might be associated with the village of Lecchi in Chianti and which, as seen in this image, seems almost devoid of vineyards. Actually, as can be seen in the third image, the upper part boasts a large number of vineyards, in particular within the polygon at the top of which we find Ama, Montebuoni, San Polo in Rosso, Galenda and La Mandria. To this area, even if it is more to the south, we can add the long and clearly visible plateau of San Sano.
Shifting views in the direction of the Monti del Chianti range, we can see in the distance the area of Castagnoli, visible in greater detail in the fourth image.
Easily recognizable is the valley between San Martino al Vento, Rietine and the village of Castagnoli, where vineyards are planted mainly on the southern slope.
On the horizon, at the left side of the panoramic view, you can see Cacchiano and Castello di Brolio, historical monuments that serve as geographical references for the adjacent area of Monti in Chianti. Although from a distance, the Monti area might seem similar to Castagnoli or Lecchi, both in terms of altitude and the abundance of woodland, in reality it is completely different and in many respects resembles more the hills of Castelnuovo Berardenga, San Gusmé in particular, than the rest of Gaiole. The fifth image, although realized from a considerable distance, clearly testifies to this.
Finally, we have the special cases of Starda and Fietri, which come into focus in the sixth and seventh images. Starda, with its handful of vineyards, on one side breathes the rarefied air of the Monti del Chianti and on the other faces the broad Arno Valley. Fietri, with its twin vineyards of Stignano and San Vincenti, enjoys an equally unique position, but on the whole is more open and to some extent recalls the high altitude areas around the hamlet of San Gusmè.
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.