Greve in Chianti
Any discussion of this commune begins with the Greve river and its valley, both because most of the vineyards are concentrated along it, particularly in the initial and central part, and because of the truly unique landscape associated with it.
In fact, as can be seen from the first two images, the Greve valley extends in a relatively straight line, starting south of the Lamole area, at the foot of Monte San Michele and Poggio Querciabella, and then flowing northward toward Florence.
Equally distinctive are its two slopes. The first, mainly facing east, includes part of the vineyards of Panzano and the entire area of Montefioralle, extending beyond Colognole. The second, facing west, extends from the area of Lamole and Casole to Greti, passing through Ruffoli and Uzzano and several other places.
At Greti, the course of the Greve veers abruptly westward in the direction of San Casciano Val di Pesa and, as is evident in the third image, the landscape changes just as suddenly. The vista broadens, the soils contain more clay and, as a consequence, the slopes acquire a gentler profile. This is the area of Chiocchio and even more so of Strada in Chianti, to the north along the valley of the Ema stream flowing toward Florence.
Continuing to follow the course of the Ema, now in an easterly direction, once it passes the village of Meleto (not to be confused with the place of that name in the commune of Gaiole in Chianti), the valley wedges between the last offshoots of the Monti del Chianti mountain range and then widens into a small basin at San Polo in Chianti, visible in the fourth image. Here vineyards are concentrated on the sunniest slopes at the foot of Monte Masso and in the area of Rinforzati (not visible in this image) and more sporadically near Poggio Citerna, mainly around the village of Poggio alla Croce, also not visible.
Returning to the third image, and rotating it further to the right, you see a second valley that extends in a southeasterly direction from the castle of Sezzate, reaching first Cintoia and then La Panca, which serves as a gateway to the area of Dudda and Lucolena. As can be seen in the fifth image, this area extends along the eastern side of the Monti del Chianti range and in that sense, as with Starda in the commune of Gaiole in Chianti, it represents a true exception within the denomination.
With the sixth and last image we return to the Greve valley and precisely to Panzano in Chianti. Besides the vineyards facing east, which we already described along with the first two images, the hamlet of Panzano also extends along the opposite side of the ridge toward the Val di Pesa, where most of its vineyards are concentrated.
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.