Having just returned from a whirlwind trip to Tuscany and looking through my 800+ photos, undoubtedly, Panzano In Chianti is absolutely one of the most beautiful places in Italy. With a population of less than 1,200 people, the charming hilltop village of Panzano lies mid-way between Siena and Florence, right in the heart of Chianti Classico wine country.
Anthony Bourdain, Rick Steeves and other travel writers often boast about Panzano’s famous resident butcher, Dario Cecchini (read about Dario Cecchini on my blog) But for Sangiovese lovers, Panzano is more about the legendary Chianti Classico wines.
A scenic winding road outside the city center of Panzano leads to Panzanello Winery. Time seems to stand still as you pass the shimmering silver-green olive groves and the fruit-laden vineyards as you slowly turn down the long driveway to Panzanello Winery.