The commune of Poggibonsi includes only a small portion of the Chianti Classico zone, an area identified by Colle di Macericca, which, although not as high as other hills, is easily recognized from many parts of the zone, making it an important geographical reference since it precisely identifies the western boundary of the denomination.
Equally precise is the border that divides Poggibonsi from the commune of Barberino Tavarnelle, in this case in the area of Monsanto, which coincides with the narrow valley clearly visible in the first panoramic image along which runs the Florence-Siena highway.
Moving on to the second image, and rotating it 360 degrees, you can see that Colle di Macericca has two distinct slopes. The slope to the north, which lies only partially in the commune of Poggibonsi, takes in the vineyards immediately around Piecorto, while the slope to the south has as a reference point Cinciano. The first slope has a more gradual and linear extension with all vineyards surrounded by woods, while the second has a warmer exposure and is distinguished by the numerous olive groves that cover the landscape.
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.