San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Most of the vineyards of San Casciano Val di Pesa have their roots in the ancient alluvial deposits between Val di Pesa, to the west, and Val di Greve, to the east, with the exception of the strip of vineyards that extends from Santa Maria Macerata along the northern slope of Poggio la Croce, passing through Pieve di Santo Stefano a Campoli and then Quattro Strade (as can be seen by rotating the second image 180 degrees).
The area is therefore geologically homogeneous and, not surprisingly, also quite uniform in landscape, characterized by moderate differences in altitude and broad valleys that cut through this type of plateau in a north-south direction. Since it wasn’t practical to study these valleys one by one, the choice came down to those that best lend themselves to descriptions by images.
The first, which is the widest and easiest to identify, is that of the Terzona stream, dividing the ridge of Montefiridolfi from the rest of the communal territory before flowing into the Val di Pesa with the unique contours that mark the western border of the Chianti Classico zone.
From there, moving in the direction of Monte Albano, we reach the Cerbaia area whose vineyards extend along the valley of the Sugana stream, which alone among the area’s noteworthy rivulets flows in an east-west direction. Another exception is the terrain, which at least in the upper part of the valley, near La Romola, consists of a substantial outcrop of Macigno (the same formation found at the base of the Monti del Chianti).
The eastern side of the commune is harder to sum up in a few images due to the sinuous course of the Greve and its hollowed valley that provides fewer observation points suitable to broad and detailed views. The only real exception is the area between Mercatale Val di Pesa and Quattro Strade, characterized by a series of narrow ridges with slopes descending in an easterly direction toward the Val di Greve, where we find the highest concentration of vineyards in the eastern sector of the commune.
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.