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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Varietals Produced in Chianti View all

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

    Perhaps no region of the world personifies the warmth and graciousness of good food and great ...

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • Principe Corsini

    Believing in the future, working hard and even risking when the market requires resourcefulness: ...

  • Podere Il Pozzo

    The farm is made up of about 50 hectares of woodlands, vineyards and olives. Ten of these hecta...

  • Castello Il Palagio

    The very fest mention of the castle Il Palagio dates back to 1252, though it is thought to be muc...

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Tuscan wines - of which Chianti Classico (and Brunello di Montalcino) form the backbone, inter alia - have changed much from the time I was a lad.  Too much to discuss just now, but glad you got an introduction to one of the truly great wine regions and, indeed, regions of great visual beauty... and, of course, history - which goes back 3,000 ye... Read More

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  • Don't worry, too much, about the sideways pics, Lindeman.  Snooth has ... to hear that you enjoyed the Chianti..Blackberry is not an unreasonable descriptor for for a Chianti.  I, usually, get more red berry flavor, but the key thing is lots of fruit.  And, to me it is "bright" fruit.  I find that these are typically acidic.  I like acid in my... Read More

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  • Forgot to add....after a spell of Chianti exposure I wonder if the Cab-Merlot blend will taste too sweet and candyish in comparison, almost too sweet where I will stay with Chianti.  LM Read More

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  • These just arrived:L - 2015 St. Francis Merlot Reserve Sonoma CountyLM - 2016 ... ... ViognierRM - 2016 Banfi Chianti ClassicoR - 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvign Read More

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  • On the nose is crushed berries and a hint of menthol.  Bright red and ... ...  Picked up a bottle of Chianti today and will post the picture when time allows, also a picture of some other Chianti's that I considered for the experts here to give some thoughts on for my return trip to Kroger after Santa week. Any input for quoting another users ... Read More

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  • Interesting question about the Chianti and Lambrusco. Short answer is that I really don't know much about the characteristics of the Lambrusco grapes. They have a handful of Lambrusco varieties or clones - I'm not entirely sure about that either although I suppose I could check Wikipedia or something.But some of those grapes are pretty light in ... Read More

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  • Randy - I agree up to a certain point - the '15/'16 vintages were ... ... "15 Felsina Bererdenga Chianti Classico was very smooth with tartness, some but not much and the acidity was merely a nice finishing touch.It's the main reason I'm buying into the vintages right now.  Also their ageability is not affected and many will do do just fine wi... Read More

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  • Yes Lindemen, Chianti should have more tannin than Lambrusco but only bit more. Italian wines in general are high acid wines ment to be consumed with food. Drink them without food and they may seem prettty tart, Chianti is that way. Read More

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  • Great stuff GregT, thanks to you and Z, others.    Haven't gotten ... ... It might have been Chianti I had at the restaurant and not Lambrusco.  I had a flashback of a wicker basket thing on the bottle and did a search and found it to be Chianti, so I'm pretty sure that was it.  All things being equal, would Chianti have more tannin qualities ... Read More

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  • Good man. Chuckle. These arrived today and yesterday.L - The Michele Chiarlo ... ... - The Tenuta di Nozzle Chianti Classico Reserva 2015 (Hint - buy it)L - The Enrique Mendoza Les Quebrada Monastrell 2014R - The Numanthisa Toro (One of my favorites) 20 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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