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Radda in Chianti

When you’re moving around a wine zone, or exploring it through images, it’s more important to have precise geographical reference points that allow you to understand at a glance where you are rather than knowing the exact positions of the cardinal points (north, south, east and west). Radda in Chianti, as well as Poggio La Croce, are two such reference points. But that’s not all.

Radda and the ridge on which it lies represent a veritable watershed situated almost at the center of the Chianti Classico zone: to one side is the Pesa stream, which flows toward the northwest, and on the other the tributaries of the Arbia river, which flows south.

This same ridge serves to differentiate three vineyard areas within the communal territory. At the center is the evident basin of vineyards between the town of Radda and the area of Bereto. On the right is the valley of the Pesa, which originates here and flows at first in an east-west direction, between Albola, Volpaia and Castelvecchi, then veers decisively toward Lucarelli and the northern border of the commune.

Shifting our observation point by a few hundred meters and gaining a bit of altitude, we get an image that seems very similar to the previous. Actually this view allows us to identify the initial part of the third area, which begins between Malpensata and San Giusto in Salcio and then follows the course of the Rigo stream flowing into the Val d’Arbia, where, as you can see, vineyards are more scattered than in the other two areas.

The one exception in part is the area between Poci, Livernano and La Badiola, the last at the border of the commune of Castellina in Chianti.

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As simple and intuitive as the use of panoramic images may be, some clarifications and suggestions seem in order.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In each image you will find names that identify geographical points and/or toponyms.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.