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

  • 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 ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

    In the countryside east of Florence, where the Sieve flows into the Arno, the land of Rùfina stre...

  • Rignana

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Joannemerc - Just to get you pointed in the right direction, here's a ... ... ... style meat sauce and a Chianti or Merlot. Most foods that have darker colored sauces may par well with reds.White wine - Typically goes well with chicken and fish. Lighter colored meat usually goes with lighter colored wine. For example, Macadamia crusted Mahi M... Read More

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  • Thank you.  When does red wine go bad after opening. I end up using it as ... as ... it? I have tried the Chianti Riserva. It is a bit dry for m Read More

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  • Joanne,Welcome to the forum.  I love your enthusiasm.  Buying wine is ... for you I would suggest a Chianti Riserva as a trial.  Make a list and simply try one per week and check them off by variety.  You might be surprised at what you will like.  Also, even if you don't like it after you open it, leave the glass for an hour and try it again.  ... Read More

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  • Rodano Chianti Classico 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by edditnyc

  • Chianti Classico Melini Terrarossa 2007


    Hands down the best Chianti I've ever had. Bottle says "2007 Terrarossa Chianti Classico Riserva.". Wonderful wine. Slightly fruity nose, very nice finish. Had almost a buttery smooth clean finish to it. Bottle didn't last much more than an hour! Very very nice. Was given it as a gift but have not been able to locate it since. Read More

    Wine review by yoscott

  • Da Vinci Chianti 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Cetamura 2013


    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2008


    This is a great table wine for the price. The palate is not complicated and tastes of cherry and strawberry. Additionally, the label is pretty rad. Read our full review here: Read More

    Wine review by twoforksandacorkscrew

  • Melini Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2010


    Deceptive nomenclature - because it is Melini behind the fancy name - so has some pedigree (established 1705) in the Classic region of Tuscany. The nose is cheerfully cherry (if I may be permitted this alliterative) with some Mediterranean earth and herb; decant, and you will enjoy the bitter chocolate, cherry and youthful finesse of this wine.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Azienda Agricola Il Tarocco Chianti Classico 2011


    Good Chianti, available at Trader Joe's. Full bodied, smooth, lots of red fruits, light tannins and pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • 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

    Comment by 120483millershrink 120483 millershrink

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