Panzano in Chianti and the neighbouring town of Greve in Chianti are well-supplied with restaurants, and visitors should also remember that Tuscany, especially the Chianti area, is also the home of the country restaurant. The latter are located on main roads as well as down side-roads that only the locals know about. Country restaurants are usually very good value for money and offer dishes that differ from the more standard fare of restaurants located within the tourist towns. Here we list our best recommendations for Panzano and its environs.
A great many visitors to Tuscany, especially to the Chianti Classico area of Tuscany, take the opportunity to taste, drink and buy our wines, and to learn about wine-making, grape varieties and so on. An enjoyable and efficient way to do this is to stay at a winery. Working farms – in Chianti usually meaning a vineyard and/or olive oil producer – that offer accommodation to visiting tourists are known as agriturismi (singular: agriturismo).
Vino al Vino is a wine tasting event that takes place in the main piazza of Panzano in Chianti every year during September, usually during the four days consisting of the third weekend of September and the preceding Thursday and Friday. This is usually one week after the much larger Chianti Classico Wine festival (Rassegna del Chianti Classico) that takes place in nearby Greve in Chianti.
The Villa Castagnoli and its Il Molino di Grace vineyard are located at Volano near Panzano in Chianti. They were purchased by Frank Grace in 1996 and the winery was managed by Gerhard Hirmer. In just a few years, the Molino di Grace Chianti Classico, the IGT Toscana Il Margone, a sangiovese-cabernet sauvignon “super Tuscan” blend, and the IGT Toscana Gratius, a 100% sangiovese wine made from the oldest vines on the estate.
Dario Cecchini descends from a long line of butchers and has recreated an antique-style macelleria on the site of the family shop which was destroyed during the war. As well as being an extremely creative butcher and an excellent cook.