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An exposition of 49 photos to show the territories where two of the most world-famous wines are produced, Chianti Classico and Champagne, with a particular interest in their people.

From September 18th to 26th, the Dogana Courtyard in Palazzo Vecchio hosts “VITAE – Ritratti di vita e vino” (portraits of life and wine).

This is a photographic exhibition devoted to the human element, which makes these two territories unique.

The pictures tell the stories of the people of the Chianti region and the Champagne wine Brotherhoods. A suggestive visual tale created by two Italian photographers, Dario Garofalo and Paolo Verzone, who had made these people protagonists, showing their faces, their daily work and the centuries-old tradition of these wine territories.

These territories have been collaborating since 2016, when a cooperation agreement was reached in Florence.

This date celebrated the 300th anniversary of the very first law that established the boundaries of the selected areas for the production of Chianti Classico wine, by Cosimo III de’ Medici.


Chianti Tellers: The Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico pays tribute to the people who live in its territory, and their daily work which is the expression of a territory shaped by their creative labour.

The land is not only the place of origin, but it also represents a historical-social identity to be handed down and spread throughout the world.

Confraternities, Les Saint Vincent du Champagne: Opened in 2016 and promoted by the Comité Champagne, the exhibition “Confraternités” is dedicated to the Archiconfraternity of St. Vincent founded in the ‘30s by the union of the fraternities of all the villages of Champagne. Paolo Verzone’s portraits illustrate the living heritage of Champagne, with a personal touch of the artist.

Maison and winemakers have worked together for over three centuries to protect and pass on the excellence of the Champagne denomination.