Chianti Wine


Chianti is perhaps Italy’s most popular wine, and in recent years has come to evoke images of basket-bottomed “fiasco” bottles, red and white checkered table cloths and Hannibal Lecter smacking his lips after reminiscing about sipping it paired with fava beans and a census taker’s liver. The origins of the name are nebulous. Some say its a derivation of “Clango,” “Clangor” or “Clanti” which can all refer to the call of a trumpet or horn, or the cry of a bird, hearkening back to the classical days of hunting expeditions. Others say it’s named for an Etruscan noble family, Clante. But by any name, there is evidence of its early stages as far back as the 14th century.
The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de Medici, is credited with creating demarcated subzones in Chianti in 1716. In 1932, these were further subdivided into what now stands as its official zones: Classico (the “heart” of the region and considered 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...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • DaVinci Wine

    Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins...

  • Luciano Bruni

    The Siena area lies on sweet, sunny hills, caressed by light winds, sprinkled by moderate, season...

  • Machiavelli

    Country: Italy Wine region: Tuscany Address: Loc. Sant'andrea In Percussina , San Casciano In Va...

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Rignana

    Surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards, woodland and olive-groves, the Fattoria di Rignana is si...

  • Villa di Geggiano


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  • Hey Al, it looks to me like the SIWBM has been lifted.Mjet, the good thing about Chianti is that it\'s usually not very spendy.  So, lessens learned do not hit the wallet that hard.Monsanto is a pretty reliable maker.  I've had a few of them over the years and have been consistently pleased.  It's not easy to find, though.  (I do confess that I ... Read More

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  • EM-I usually stay away from Chianti. I realize there are probably some great ones out there but from the little I've had it's surely not in my drinking wheelhouse.RCKR-It's the Gaylord Operyland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. While it's a nice location for a work conference it's over priced. I been there a few times over the past 10 years and t... Read More

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  • Last night.  So, it was a weekend wine: I bought this one at Costco a ... ... me of the days when all Chiantis came in fischii--the straw-covered bottles were more cool that the wine inside--except this bottle is as nondescript as most others.  So, is the wine inside--weak, not much flavor except for extreme tartness.  Does that not sound like... Read More

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  • Castello di Bibbione Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011


    Not impressed with this wine. Light on fruit, heavy on tart. Very ... of of ... of of the bad old days of Chiantis in fiasch Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Recommend trying the Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva...can recall the 2010 being one of the best values at around $25, and just a really nice wine in its own right. Read More

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  • Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Odoardo Beccari 2010


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • I Veroni Chianti Rufina Riserva 2013


    Tart strawberry and cherry notes on the nose with some spice and rose petal aromas. This is deceptively tannic in the mouth, demonstrating puckering structure and high acidity with notes of cranberry and strawberry and a finish that's herbal and earthy with good salinity and minerality. Read More

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  • We loved the Chianti served at Il Latini restaurant in Florence. We tood a picture of the bottle, but failed to capture the year. On the label is "Il Latini Tuscano Russo". Can anybody identify where to purchase (even if I have to order from the restaurant!) We loved it!

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  • i'm trying to find any information about a very large /tall green glass chianti bottle shaped like a woman carry a bottle on her shoulder

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  • How long does a bottle of Chianti last after you open the bottle

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  • i am looking for a store that sells 2006 baroncini sangiovese di toscana cavaicante

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  • Coltibuono 2006 Chianti Classico: Delicious, perfectly balanced, soft tannins, gobs of taught fruit. Perfect with past or meat. A terrific Chianti! M. Miller

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