Montespertoli is one of the Tuscan municipalities with the highest amount of vineyards and is the largest producer of Chianti DOCG in the world. Its history has always been linked to viticulture and wine production. Over the years this aspect has strenghtened and it gave life to numerous and well-known wineries, whose wines are exported in many countries around the world. This area is naturally tied to native grape varieties, among which Sangiovese plays the main role, alongside other red and white grape varieties, such as Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Toscana and Trebbiano. International grape varieties such as Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and many others are also common.
Wine and its supply chain
Montespertoli, the largest producer of Chianti DOCG in the world
Montespertoli and the wine denominations
The municipal territory falls entirely within the Chianti area and hosts two main sub-areas: Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG and Chianti Montespertoli DOCG. IGT wines, Vinsanto of Chianti DOCG and Vinsanto of Chianti Montespertoli DOCG are also produced.
The wines produced in the municipal area have the peculiarity of being fresh and ready to drink, but depending on the vineyard distinctive traits, the soil, the microclimate, and the attention paid to the winemaking process, they can also be wines intended for aging. . Riserva DOCG is an aged version produced for Chianti, Chianti Montespertoli and Colli Fiorentini.
The vast hilly territory and the uneven soil enriche the diversity of the wines that are produced. It is also common to find vineyards on soils rich in fossils, which make them even more peculiar.
Associations and events
Montespertoli is part of the movement Wine Cities and hosts the association Strada del Vino Chianti of Montespertoli.
Many events related to wine are held in this area: the Chianti Exhibition is certainly the most important event of the year. It has been held since 1957 in the capital of the district, the centrality of local wine production goes along with convivial events and celebrations that fully involve all of the citizenry and the local associations.
Calici di Stelle (glasses of stars) held in the first half of August and Estate in Cantina (summer in the cellar) are two more events whose aim is to put local wine producers at the center of Montespertoli’s summer evenings.
Events about wine
The Chianti Exhibition
For many locals, the Chianti Exhibition is like a long and beautiful love story. It is the most important event of the year where the identity of Montespertoli is revealed through its main product: wine. The Chianti Exhibition also represents the strong link between the people of Montespertoli and their own tradition: it is a party that enhances conviviality, being together and bonding people of all generations.
A veglia sulle aie (Awake in the farmayards)
“Awake on the farmyards” represents the attempt to bring residents and visitors where agriculture is done, enjoying farm products directly in the farmyards. Every week, throughout the summer season, the farms open their farmyards to visitors, offering food and wine tastings while enjoying the starry nights in company, in the wonderful places scattered on the countryside.
Summer in the cellar
“Estate in Cantina” is a kiosk in Piazza del Popolo, Montespertoli’s main square, where local wines can be drank by the glass. An event for those who do not want to move to the countryside. Every week-end the wine producers who were in Piazza del Popolo will open their farm and cellars to visitors.