by Giulio Saturnini
Chianti draws the outlines of its landscape
When one says “Chianti” the thoughts go first of all to wine and a landscape that’s unique in the world. Certainly, it can be said that the Chianti scenery represents the “wine landscape” par excellence all the world round. It is not just this however: it is a complex place, built and “shaped” by man in the course of the centuries.
A landscape which holds together a fascinating and timeless nature with the most modern techniques of viticulture. This is why Chianti is also a fragile ecosystem which needs to be expertly guided in its development.
The idea to create specific guide lines through a participatory process was born for this necessity and called “La vite è meravigliosa” (The vine is wonderful). The initiative started from the town halls of Greve in Chianti (the leader), San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Barberino Val D’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga and Radda in Chianti together with the Consortium of the Chianti Classico Wine. The process has been financed by the Authority for the guarantee and promotion of public participation of the Regione Toscana.
The intent of the consultation –open to farming enterprises, local institutions and citizens – is to share rules for the construction of landscapes in Chianti, in the context of the new rural district which holds together the Municipalities of the Florentine part with those of the Sienese part.
Globalization has produced its effects even in this corner of Tuscany in these years with the increasing numbers of tourists which certainly have positive repercussions but also bring about risks for the area’s ecosystem. And this is why shared rules are needed to enhance the landscape, the farming and tourist vocation of the Chianti combining, at the same time, interests and needs that do not always coincide.
“La vite è meravigliosa” is mostly this: a way to launch the unmistakable Chianti landscape into the third millennium, thanks to the fundamental contribution of those who live this territory daily.
The documents drawn up during the participatory process can be consulted and downloaded free of charge from the dedicated page on the portal Open Toscana.