Hannibal Lector’s unsettling admission, ‘I ate his liver with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti’, is up there with the most famous one-liners in film history. For the uninitiated, this unusual culinary juxtaposition begs one question: not ‘I wonder what human liver would taste like?’, but, usually, ‘what on earth is a Chianti?’
Well, readers, we’re here to point you on the path to discovery. Chianti is a luscious, sun-soaked region in Tuscany, Italy, where the famous red Chianti wines are produced. Yes, they might be available from most supermarkets, but, if you really want an insight into what a Chianti is, you need to travel a bit further than your local high street – 1,200 miles, to be precise. If you really want to savour the resplendent flavours of an authentic Chianti, villa rental in Tuscany is perhaps the perfect option.
Opting for agives you several advantages:
The authentic Chianti experience
When you taste a wine, it’s not just about being able to articulate the combination of flavours; it’s about grasping a feel for the wine, getting a glimpse into the passion that’s gone into crafting it, and familiarising yourself with the scenery and the people that have inspired the Chianti. Villa rental in central Tuscany nestles you in the bosom of this culture. When you taste the wine, you won’t need to conjure up the beautiful rolling hillsides, the rich shades of Tuscan life, the piquant atmosphere depicted on the bottle’s label – they will be there right in front of you. You will thus be able to truly understand the wine, not just taste it.
Plan a tailored Chianti wine tour
When it comes to sampling some Chianti, villa rental provides you with a base to access the wonderful wineries in your own time. You can choose which types of Chianti you want to try out, and when. Will it be the Classico variety, Riserva, or IGT Super Tusca? You can decide – you’re the boss. Personalise your tour and avoid the throngs of noisy tourists in the process. Hire a car or take to the walking and cycling paths, it’s all up to you – and by renting a villa in Tuscany you will be conveniently situated in the heart of Chianti country.
See the history of the region
The Chianti region is steeped in layers and layers of history. The old Chianti area – for a long time the border between Florence and Siena – was once the domain of several castles and keeps. Today, these formidable historic buildings have been converted into beautiful wineries. So, not only can you enjoy tasting a Chianti, you can combine it with sampling an authentic bit of medieval history in the process. Ultimately, a Chianti wine tour is not just a generic trip – it’s a cultural education, and only a stone’s throw away from any property.
So, remember, next time you find yourself in the majestic region of Chianti- villa rental based or just passing through – taking a wine tour around the region is an essential addition to your holiday. It will be more than just a unique expedition for your discerning tastebuds; it will form a memory that can be treasured for a long time.
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