BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, or Barberino Val di Elsa is a township (‘comune’), one of nine in Tuscany entitled to the Chianti Classico DOCG, but in its case for only half of the land within its boundary (Nesto & Savino, 2016, p105). Barberino occupies the centre-west portion of Chianti Classico, with Tavarnelle Val di Pesa directly to the north, roughly halfway between between Florence and Siena, but administratively in the province of Firenze (Florence), 19 miles (30km) south of the city of Florence itself. As its name suggests, Barberino is located in (and overlooks) the Valley of the Elsa river (‘Val d’Elsa’) which eventually empties into the Arno. Strategically located, Barberino’s town centre is still surrounded by its original fortifications.

FRAZIONI (LOCALITIES) | Casanuova del Piano. / Cipressino. / Linari. / Marcialla. / Monsanto. / Pastine. / Petrogono. / Ponzano. / San Filippo a Ponzano. / San Martino. / Sant’Appiano. / Sosta del Papa. / Tignano. / Vico d’Elsa. / Vigliano. / Zambra.

VINEYARD AREA | 2014 1,99.65 hectares representing 3.08% of the Chianti Classico total vineyard area of 6,476.66 hectares, making it Chianti Classico’s 8th biggest vineyard township (Source: Enoproject, Franco Bernabei).

WINERIES

CERTIFIED ORGANIC | Fattoria di Spoiano. / Fattoria Le Masse. / Fattoria Sant’Appiano. / Isole e Olena. / La Spinosa. / Podere La Fraschetta. / Podere Marcialla. / Quercia al Poggio

NO CERTIFICATION | Cantina Ripoli. / Cantine Guidi. / Casa Emma. / Casa Sola. / Castelli del Grevepesa. / Castello della Paneretta. / Castello di Monsanto. / Fattoria La Ripa. / Fattoria Montecchio. / Fattorie Giannozzi. / Il Campino. / Impresa Enoagricola. / Le Filigare. / Marchesi Torrigiani. / Pasolini dall’Onda. / Spadaio e Piecorto. / Tenuta Bonomonte.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bill Nesto MW & Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico, the Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine (University of California Press, 2016), p106.