At any time of the year, opportunities explode in Chianti with which to recall ancient traditions, taste the best of local food and wine, rediscover breathtaking places and landscapes, follow quality musical and cultural events. But there is one, born and raised with the history of the Grevigiana community, which with its long path and the many difficulties linked to the pandemic is able to express with a renewed glaze the soul and essence that distinguish Chianti. The Expo del Chianti Classico, the market exhibition dedicated to the wine world, organized by the Municipality of Greve in Chianti in collaboration with the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, returns to Piazza Matteotti, one of the most beautiful agora in Italy, the market square, of the arcades, of the pulsating engine of Greve, to showcase the best 'fruits' of the unity of the territory. From 10 to 12 September the excellences of the producers of the Municipalities of the Florentine and Sienese Chianti will be exhibited in the collective tasting pavilion with 125 labels from all over the Chianti Classico area.
"Our strength is the quality and cohesion of the network, the close relationship between local production and the territory - declares the mayor Paolo Sottani - the work of sharing and the intense collaboration between the Municipalities, the Consortium, our companies, the local associations that operate all year round to promote and enhance the best that Chianti offers, also testified by the institutional path that we are pursuing with the Chianti Tourist Area, aimed at building and relaunching new tourist-cultural opportunities for the our economic fabric, in such a complex moment, intertwining resources and skills, also using technological innovation, becomes necessary to maintain high levels of competitiveness on the world market and face the challenges of the future ".
Also this year, as tradition has it, the event that pays homage to Dante, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet, will open with the cutting of the ribbon attended by the municipal administration of Greve in Chianti, the representatives of the Chianti Consortium Classico and Chianti Municipalities. The inauguration is scheduled for Friday 10 September at 17 pm in Piazza Matteotti, accompanied by music with the folkloristic group “Gli Amici di Chianti”. The pavilion will be open from the morning (11-21). The Sala Bar PostAZIONE hosts from 19 pm the presentation of photographs on the theme "Travel photos" by FotoClub Chianti.
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After last year's success, guided tastings are back in the square and in the council chamber. At the center of the initiative not only wine excellences but also those concerning the world of oil and its combinations. One will be held in the council room on Saturday 11 September at 12, focused on the tasting-story of the Chianti Classico Dop Oil with the aim of learning how to distinguish an oil of excellence. The initiative is organized by the Chianti Classico Dop Oil Consortium. A second tasting is always scheduled in the council room at 16 pm focused on the theme "ABC on wine: how to taste better understand a wine through the tasting of three Chianti Classico". The event is led by Valentino Tesi, the best sommelier in Italy. The tasting tour ends at 18 pm in Piazza Matteotti with the tasting “In the middle of the walk of our vine”. The tasting will allow you to get to know the wines from the territories that hosted the Supreme Poet. Also in this case the initiative is led by Valentino Tesi and will be animated by the intervention of the actor Alessandro Calonaci.
The third day, scheduled for Sunday 12 September, offers a guided tasting at 16 pm in the council chamber and another at 18 pm in Piazza Matteotti focused on “The Black Rooster and its combinations”. The tasting focuses on the production of Chianti Classico and Vinsanto del Chianti Classico combined with the gastronomic proposals of Grevigiani restaurants. Many cultural events have as their main theme the homage to Dante in the 2021 edition of the Chianti Classico Expo.
There will be no lack of music, theater, cabaret that will flood the streets and squares of the historic center of Greve with the Large Street Band (11 September at 18 pm), GI.GA.VA in concert (11 September at 21.30 pm), the theatrical show for young people "Dante Game" (12 September at 10-19), the aperitif DJ set (12 September at 19-21) and the comedy show "20 in poppa ”” With Sergio Sgrilli and his band (12 September at 21:30). The dedication of the Grevigiana community to Dante Alighieri will also be expressed through a traveling show through the streets of the town "ItinerDante", interpreted by the actor Eugenio Di Fraia, accompanied by the musician Angelo Marrone (11 September). The collective tasting pavilion will be open every day from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 for the whole day. The exhibition of artisanal productions with the master craftsmen at work in Piazza Matteotti will animate 11 and 12 September from 10 to 19. Also not to be missed are the guided tours with the excursion on foot through the slow food route ( 11 September at 16 pm, departure from Piazza Matteotti) and the guided tour "Ring of Cintoia" (12 September at 9 am departure from the square of the restaurant I tre castelli).
The details of the program on www.expochianticlassico.com
Photo Credit: Expo del Chianti Classico official Facebook profile