Antinori nel Chianti Classico
133 Via Cassia per Siena
The World-Class Wineries One of the most famous wine-producing regions also happens to be the most stunning. Italian red fans should head straight to Barone Ricasoli, the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area. The sacred “birthplace of Chianti” is a centuries-old castle surrounded by nearly 3,000 acres (including 580 acres of vineyards and 64 acres of olive groves), which offers tours and tastings that cover both the beautiful landscape and its rich history. Antinori nel Chianti Classico is another appealing place to taste, learn about, and celebrate Italy’s most well-known wine. Run by the 25th and 26th generations of the Antinori family, this recently renovated facility features a state-of-the-art winery and cellar, a museum and art gallery, a retail shop, and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the rolling hillsides. And near the historic town of Montepulciano is Avignonesi, an organic and biodynamic practicing winery that expresses the true character of the terroir in its Sangiovese-based Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano DOCG, among other award-winning varieties. Avignonesi offers several tours and tastings, cooking classes, and the indulgent opportunity to drive through the scenic countryside and vineyards in a bright red Ferrari, followed by a 4-course gourmet wine pairing lunch al fresco on the terrace.