September 25, 2005
Rufina Wine Festival
The last of the wine festivals in September is the Bacco festival in Rufina.
We were on our way home from our friends Beatrice and Adriano's wedding in Castagno d' Andrea in the hills above Rufina and had to stop on our way back to Florence to let the wine cart pass by!
All the cars pulled over, the whole costumed parade from Calcio in Costume was also here, they have a blessing of the wine in Florence too with the cart.
The cart is stacked high with the classic fiaschi of Chianti Rufina. It was known as Chianti Putto, having a tiny angel instead of the Gallo Nero ( black Rooster) that Florence-Siena Chianti has.
My Florentine husbnad says that for Florentines, the Chianti from Rufina was always used as the tabel wine for everyday use and that Rufina was not abbandoned as Chianti was after the war, so wine was more available.
Today the cows just were't going to work!
Someone said the farmer had picked mismatched cows..and they were fighting instead of pulling.. so they unhooked them and the emergency tractor was brought in to pull the cart... smart cows!