Greve in Chianti
This busy market town is the cellar and larder of the Chianti wine region, the place to stroll, eat, drink and browse wine cellars.
Situated at a strategic intersection between Florence and Siena, Greve has been a crossroads for trade and pilgrimage since the 1300s. Originating as the market place to the Castle of Montefioralle, and you can still come any Saturday to the see tradition alive and thriving. The Piazza Matteotti and porticos are filled with ceramics, artisan products and all kinds of local flowers and food. The castle itself is about 20 minutes walk up hill through the vineyards, which will build up an appetite to try some of their Chianti, Vinsanto or extra virgin olive oils. Arriving in Montefioralle you will be delighted with the prettiness of the stone streets and buildings.
Greve’s square, Piazza Matteotti, is interesting, being in fact triangular. It is edged by excellent eateries and enoteche that showcase the best of the Chianti region. For wine enthusiasts Greve holds one of the most significant wine festivals where you can enjoy street music, food and taste the first that year’s Chianti Classico.