The wines of this region are delicious and world-renowned; no doubt you will want to keep a few bottles on hand during your stay. The vineyards and wineries of the Chianti region are for the most part small operations. Wine tasting is expensive for the wineries unless tasters are buying several bottles, so don’t be surprised if you do not find many that offer you a glass. Wineries have business hours and will sell their wine, even by the single bottle, at certain hours of the day. Below are some of our favorite wineries. Please inquire directly for hours, which vary greatly. We recommend you inquire in advance about tasting. 

Barberino Val D’Elsa

Casa Emma, (039 055) 8072239. 

Fattoria La Ripa, (039 055) 8072948. 

Castellina in Chianti

Castello di Fonterutoli, (039 0577) 73571. 

Lilliano, (039 0577) 743070. 

Nittardi, (039 0577) 740269. 

Rocca delle Macìe, (039 0577) 7321. Offers wine tasting to prospective buyers. This wine is marketed in the U.S.

Gaiole in Chianti

Badia a Coltibuono, (039 0577) 74481. 

Castello di Cacchiano, (039 0577) 747018. 

Riecine, (039 0577) 749098. 

Greve in Chianti

Montagliari, (039 055) 852014. 

Vignamaggio, (039 055) 854661. This lovely villa is located near Montagliari towards Greve. Much Ado about Nothing was filmed here. You can buy wine here, but you can’t explore the gardens or visit inside the villa.


Melini, (039 0577) 998511. 

Radda in Chianti

Castello d’Albola, (039 0577) 738019. 

Castello di Volpaia, (039 0577) 738066. 

Petroio a. V. d. Malpensata, (039 0577) 328045.


Banfi Wineries, (039 0577) 840111. About fifteen miles south of Montalcino. This recommendation comes to us from Victor & Mary Ellen Ham, who said, “where one can get a tour, five course lunch, and five bottles of wine for $45 (1996 prices) per person.”


Enoteca Italiana, at the Fortezza Medicea; (039 0577) 288497. Entry to this winery is free. Under the huge fortress in Siena is a large underground cellar where wines are beautifully displayed to be purchased by the case. Upstairs is a lovely tasting room. Don’t miss this if you are interested in wine. You will find the entrance near the soccer stadium.