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“Uga are linked to history, geography, tradition, it is like this today and it will still be like that in 100 years. They represent an important step for a denomination like that of Chianti Classico, which has no cru tradition, unlike Barolo, but instead has great properties. Hence the differences between these two territories, and that is why, in the Chianti Classico, we find very clear natural boundaries “. Thus, Alessandro Masnaghetti, author of the mapping of the Chianti Classico, one of the most beautiful wine territories in the world, between the Siena of the Middle Ages and the Florence of the Renaissance, and of its Additional Geographical Units (Uga), which tell the differences and the geological and pedoclimatic characteristics of the 6,800 hectares of Chianti Classico vineyards (out of a total of 75,000 hectares of the territory). The largest sub-area, with 17,000 hectares, is that of Greve, which hosts the Uga Greve, Panzano, Lamole and Montefioralle, to which the Greve in Chianti Wine Growers Association dedicated a masterclass led by Alessandro Masnaghetti. with a focus on 7 labels from seven areas of the Municipality of Greve: starting from the north, Strada, Chiocchio, Greti, Montefioralle, Destragreve, Dudda and Lucolena and Panzano.
“We can consider the Uga Greve a very articulated area, a straight valley that includes a series of specific and particular areas. There are two important references, the Greve valley and that of the Chianti mountains, the watershed between the Chianti Classico and the Valdarno. The geological map – continues Masnaghetti – he tells us that in the right Greve we find soils rich in boulder, marl in the Sugame area, but also clayey. On the left side of Greve, which also includes Montefioralle and Panzano, we certainly find a more articulated panorama ”. Broadening the horizon to the entire Chianti Classico territory – narrated in detail in the pages of “Chianti Classico: the Atlas” – it can be identified in the external part from the ridge of the Chianti mountains with Mount San Michele, the highest mountain of the denomination and always visible from every point of the territory. The other ridge starts from San Donato in Poggio and arrives in Vagliagli, passing through Castellina and is identified as the inner part of Chianti.
We also find a further ridge that unites Castellina with the Chianti mountains, where the province of Siena insists to the south, and that of Florence to the north. The area of ​​the Chianti mountains is certainly the coolest, while the northern and western parts are the warmest and most precocious, thanks also to the influence of the Florence basin which brings the warm air of the city to the gates of San Casciano. . In the central part of the Chianti Classico area we find the formation of Sillano, alberese and marl del Sugame, on the northern edges the fluvial deposits with round stones, in the west area lake deposits and gentle hills rich in clay, to the south the Pliocene sands, to the east the Chianti boulder with 80% sandstone formations.

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