Vin Santo has always been known as the wine of friendship and hospitality. No household was ever without it. It was served at any time of the day, although most people preferred it at the end of a meal. Today, Vin Santo is still considered to be a symbol of tradition because it is produced using age-old methods: from the selection of the best grapes to their drying on mats and racks; from the preservation of the grapes in ventilated garrets to the extended ageing of the wine in small barrels called "caratelli".
The first Vin Santo D.O.C. appellation was significantly given to the wines produced in the Chianti Classico territory. The villages of Castellina, Gaiole, Radda and Greve in Chianti and some parts of Barberino Val d’Elsa, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Poggibonsi and Castelnuovo Berardenga are all part of this territory.