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WINE ROAD "TERRE DI AREZZO"
- 200 km through the Tuscan countryside
- over 120 members (wine-cellars, restaurants, farm houses, etc.)
- 8 wines with Denominazione d'Origine (mark guaranteeing the high quality of a wine): Chianti DOCG, Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG, Colli d'Etruria Centrale DOC, Valdichiana DOC, Cortona DOC, Valdarno di Sopra DOC, Vinsanto del Chianti DOC e Vinsanto del Chianti dei Colli Aretini DOC
In the Tuscan countryside among olive groves and gentle slopes, you can enjoy a route winding through wine-cellars and places where it is possible to taste food and wine. This land is rich in art and history, from Etruscans to medieval villages, from events with people dressed up as they ancestors did, to traditional handicrafts.
THE WINE ROADS
The "Wine Roads" are routes characterised by natural, cultural and historical beauties as well as by vineyards and wineries, both reunited in association or alone, open to the public. They are promoted and regulated by a law issued by Regione Toscana (R.L. August 13 1996, nr. 69 and R.L. August 5 2003 nr. 45, art. 2).
WINE ROAD "TERRE DI AREZZO"
The Wine Road "Terre di Arezzo" is a way to develop the culture of quality and hospitality. It is a non-profit association established in May 2000 with the aim of promoting and creating events to improve the association, of informing and giving help to members, of informing and training people in order to preserve oenological, gastronomic, historical and natural peculiarities characterising the Wine Road. Furthermore Wine Road "Terre di Arezzo" organizes and coordinates the estates promotion, even that carried out by single members and specifies quality standards common to all members.
Up to now the association has about 120 members: wine-making estates, both alone and reunited in consortiums, farm houses, estates of traditional products, wine-bars, restaurants, receptive facilities, handicrafts estates, cultural associations, the Chamber of Commerce, the Province of Arezzo and the 20 municipalities which belong to the province: Arezzo, Bucine, Cavriglia, Capolona, Castelfranco di Sopra, Castiglion Fibocchi, Castiglion Fiorentino, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Cortona, Foiano della Chiana, Laterina, Loro Ciuffenna, Lucignano, Marciano della Chiana, Monte San Savino, Montevarchi, Pergine V.no, San Giovanni V.no, Subbiano, Terranuova B.ni.
OUR LANDSCAPE, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Besides the typical Tuscan countryside abounding in vineyards, olive groves, tobacco cultivations, chestnut woods and woods, artistic and archaeological beauties can be admired along the route. The wine perfume is the main guide, but at the same time there will occur some pleasant changes: museums, artistic or folkloristic programmes, appointments with nature and visits to different estates.
The Wine Road "Terre di Arezzo" go across the Valdarno, a valley characterized by an unbelievable variety of landscapes: from one side vines in rows on terraces sustained by dry walls, villages and castles which, on the other side, are in sharp contrast with lunar landscapes of holes and excavations deriving from open-cast mines. Along the journey, reaching the heart of Valdambra, ancient abbeys and fortified villages are set on the hills covered by centennial olive groves.
Then the Wine Road winds towards the Valdichiana, scene of gorgeous views, rich in artistic beauties. It is a travel through time which goes back to the dawn of civilization with the Etruscan culture and the Renaissance pictorial masterpieces. It is a landscape of vineyards and olive groves, among the leopoldine houses which tell old stories about this valley, reclaimed by Grand Duke Leopoldo.
And now here is Arezzo. This medieval town, surrounded by hills where vineyards and olive groves are grown, rises in the heart of four valleys which are rich in history and culture and furthermore it has got food and agricultural products of first rate quality. It is worth mentioning the famous Antiques Fair which is held monthly along the street in the historical centre. In town there are plenty of artistic monuments where Piero della Francesca, Giorgio Vasari and Andrea della Robbia's masterpieces can be admired, just to mention some.
From Arezzo towards the Casentino following the river Arno towards North. At first the course of the valley is sinuous, then it opens into a perfect amphitheatre-like shape, only moved by slopes which ends up to the age-old forests covering the mountains in the North: the National Park of Casentino Forests.
Leaving Arezzo and proceeding along Strada Provinciale Setteponti the bottom of Pratomagno is reached. The beautiful terraced vineyards are an example of perfect harmony between man and nature. Along the route charming medieval villages and Romanesque parish churches can be admired.
During this journey there is not only the chance to appreciate Arezzo wines, but also its gastronomy, its welcoming people with their warm hospitality, its traditions, its nature and its art. The high quality of life in TERRE DI AREZZO stands undoubtedly out.