Every city has a dish that stands out from the others. A culinary specialty or even a drink.
The article will undoubtedly talk about an Italian excellence: grapes. In the past it was considered a powerful antidote against stress and anxiety. Symbol of autumn and the god Bacchus... just think of the painting by Caravaggio found in the Uffizi Museum.
Tuscany is famous for a product derived from grapes... well yes, you guessed it. We are talking about red wine, but not just any red wine. Let's talk about Chianti wine.
Chianti is not just a wine, but also an area full of charm and above all taste, located between the cities of Florence and Siena. Recognizable because it is immersed in nature and is dotted with cypress trees, full of villages where time has stopped. A creative tradition for almost a century makes this area pleasant to visit, relaxing where you can dedicate yourself to the pleasures of the table.
Now that autumn has arrived, all we have to do is warm ourselves with a good glass of Chianti Classico, a red wine produced in a very specific area of the Chianti area, which extends over 71,000 hectares.
This wine is celebrated by the inhabitants of these areas (and not only) at this time of year. I would like to take as an example a beautiful, small village called Impruneta. The 97th edition of the Grape Festival will be held on Sunday 1 October 2023. This ancient re-enactment has been animating the Tuscan village since the summer, bringing it back in time for almost a century. The folklore tradition of the area requires the districts (Rioni) of the town to compete in various competitions and parades, trying to promote agriculture in the best possible way, a strong point of the economy in the towns in the province of Florence. A big party full of shows and musical performances. There is no doubt that it is one of the most important moments of the Grape Festival.
In Tuscany, this festival is the oldest and attracts thousands of people to the heart of the country. And something different than the Palio of Siena. It is a challenge between neighborhoods in which each of them puts their creativity into motion. Every year a jury judges and rewards their efforts according to an order of merit that appears to be fair.
“The character of a people divided into four sub-peoples, with their own laws and free thoughts, [...] make my country the largest and most intelligent Grape Republic in the world” - said the writer and journalist from Impruneta Leandro Giani over the years '50.
We hope that at least once you can participate in this event! It will definitely be worth it, just to be part of the spirit of this tradition.