Chianti Classico Wine

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Chianti Classico is the heart of the Chianti zone in the Tuscany region of Italy. It was awarded the distinguished DOCG status, the “superior” labeling level of Italian wine, in 1996, (Chianti made it to DOC in 1984). The word “classico” also refers to the fact that this area was the original zone where this Sangiovese-based wine was first produced, the “classic” zone. 
Fun fact: All bottles of Chianti Classico have a seal depicting a black rooster (gallo nero). The story goes that in the 13th century, Florence and Siena, who had been fighting over the Chianti territory for many, many years, decided to settle their dispute once and for all. They mutually agreed to have horse riders leave their respective towns at dawn, and where the two horses met would be the final boundary, senza scuse. Those shrewd Florentines had a black rooster which they starved for days. The day of the proposed meeting, the hungry rooster crowed much earlier than dawn Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Canaiolo

    In the 18th century, Canaiolo actually played a bigger role in Chianti than did Sangiovese. Then, in the 1870s, Betti...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • Castell'in Villa

    The main objective at Castell'in Villa is to produce high quality wines from low yielding vineyar...

  • Casina di Cornia

    In 1979, we discovered the Casina di Cornia farm. Lying on the south-western slopes of the Chiant...

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Aiola

    Aiola castle has been known since the Middle-Ages being one of the most important Sienese strong...

  • Castello di Monastero

    Thirty years ago, a successful industrialist decided to devote himself to his great passion: wine...

  • Fattoria L'Ottavo

    Our wine grows in the soil of the hills of Chianti Classico at an altitude between 300 and 400m a...

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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2011


    Not particularly dark, garnet color. Musty, woody nose. Initial hit of candied fruits is a bit disappointing. Medium bodied. Very light on the acid makes this a pretty flabby wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Villa Cafaggio Basilica Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico 2010


    Medium bodied, simple wine. Fairly tart with minimal fruit flavors. Tartness makes it refreshing. Perfectly adequate low-dollar wine to have with cured meats or olives. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2010


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 1992


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... standards can be called Chianti Classico and bear the black rooster or 'gallo nero' symbol.Chianti is traditionally associated with a fat bottle and a straw basket called a ' fiasco' but these are not often used today.Isole e Olena is a well known family business making Tuscan wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2011


    Very classic aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry. Medium bodied and very refreshing with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, raspberry preserves, black cherry and a clean well balanced finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Capponi Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Collazi I Bastioni Chianti Classico Tuscany Italy Wine Club Selection February 2007


    Very smooth with ripe red fruits and a hint of cedar. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Tonight we celebrated Sandra's parents 59th wedding anniversary (the actual ... bottle night, so we chose a Chianti Classico to share between Sandra's dad (Bob), Sandra and myself.  I've had better wine as this seemed a little too tart for my liking but at least it was a 2008 like it said on the menu.  The food was very good and everyone had a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Epic Dolcetto had last night, absolutely crushed the Chianti Classico, but it wasn't a fair fight really. Something wrong about the CC, since this was my second bottle. Again found a bit of a gamey note here, over ripe, and not so fresh, which is a deal breaker.Anyhow, this is a game changing Dolcetto for me. The two neighbors I had over were ra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?

  • Ruffino Case Sale Chianti Classico "Aziano" 2012


    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass with great clarity and somewhat lighter body which is typical of Chianti. The nose exhibits notes of green herbs and tart cherries with light undertones of leather and tar. The taste is very fruit forward with notes of raspberries and plum with bright acidity that transitions to some tart cherry mid... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

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