Chianti Classico Wine

Add a photo
for this region?

 

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 »

View More

Popular wines made in Chianti Classico under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Chianti Classico View all

  • Trebbiano

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti Classico View all

  • 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...

  • Casina di Cornia

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

  • Aiola

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

  • Castell'in Villa

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

  • Palaia Vineyards

    Palaia Vineyards "Pa-Lie-Ahh"...named for our winemaker's grandfather, Angelo Palaia who emigra...

Page 4 of 140

Chianti Classico on Snooth

  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Reserva Castello di Ama 2009

    Snoothrank:

    This producer is one that provides "next level" Chianti perennially. The immediate first impression on the nose is of depth, darkness, and complexity. The beautiful rich dark fruit, black cherry and blackberry, has a pleasant hard edge that suggests seriousness. Overlying the fruit is cedar, dried violets, charred sandalwood, faint vanilla bean,... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Lanciola Chianti Classico le Masse di Greve 2008

    Snoothrank:

    decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • So much good value in Italy...I feel $20-25 spent on Italian wine is on such a higher level than that of California. Why is that? Is it because the land values are such in CA that the grape prices need to be high to justify the land holding costs? Perhaps a portion of that along with the price of skilled labor, and general abundance of quality s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • OT, you're a meanie!  :)Big Al, if you like Ridge labels, try the ... ... I actually got a Gabbiano Chianti Classico last week ($19) for a change. Not everyone has the ability to distinguish accurately the real smells.  It goes along with our taste preferences too.  Even Somms together will throw out differing descriptions.  Ultimately, when y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Deep slightly inky and ashy on the nose, coming off as a bit petite sirah style. Inky and pencil lead on entry lead to a soft, big, not very interesting mouthfeel. While this is packed with lots of fruit, a bit dark with notes of boysenberry, and shows some good mineral tones in the mouth, though this lacks a bit of liveliness on the palate. Se... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Beatrice 2011

    Snoothrank:

    A fine blend of subtle oak tones and floral, almost woodsy spice notes accent the red cherry fruit on the nose. In the mouth this is fairly taut with an underlying base of wood tannins supporting bright, slightly earthy and fresh red berry fruit. The bright acidity handles the moderately rich fruit well and offers contrast to the slightly woody ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Deep, earthy, herbal and slightly medicinal aromas of spicy fruit dominate the nose with hints of tobacco and briar adding great complexity and detail with a minty accent emerging with air. On the palate this is moderately rich, a little soft perhaps, but transparent with great purity to the fruit which is fairly ripe with blue and blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Powerful, pure and complex on the nose with rich aromas of leather, a bit of meatiness, stones, and rich red fruits. Elegant and yet powerful in the mouth with light fresh fruit framed with mossy edges and flecks of mineral earth This is really making a statement that power is not the end all with its gorgeous purity of red berry fruit, fine tan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Banfi Chianti Classico DOCG 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I am a Chianti lover and this wine has a full bodied taste without being overbearing. Goes with every dish I have had with it thus far. Especially beefs and chicken. Pasta to me is a great pairing Read More

    Wine review by Amish22


  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2011

    Snoothrank:

    100% Sangiovese Tea and tobacco emerge on the nose followed by extracted, heavy carob laced aromas of roasted fruit. Big, powerful, and inelegant in the mouth, this is all chunky and showing rich, roasted fruit with harsh tannins. Raw, unbalanced and surprisingly bad. tasted twice with similar results. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


prev 1 2 3 4 5 6  ...  140 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Chianti Classico Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Chianti Classico wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network