Chianti is a famous wine region in Tuscany producing great red wine in the typical bottles enclosed with a straw basket. More and more often regular bottles are used, but the quality of the wine is untouched. Many of the wineries can be visited and offer sample tours.
The Chianti region is divided into 7 subregions of which the Classico is the most famous. The area stretches from Firenze in the north to Siena in the south with the small village of Greve in the center. Originally this wine is made with the Sangiovese grape, but often also Merlot is used.
The Chianti region offers a good alternative for the somewhat busier cities like Florence and Siena. It's a great area to discover the quite Tuscan countryside with its small stone villages, vineyards, olive groves amidst the green gentle hills. An a cruise to Livorno your best option is to discover the area by rental car, by taxi or with an organised tour. Count on a whole day to make the most of Tuscany.
Popular ports for an excursion to Chianti wine region are: