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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • 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...

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

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  • Poggerino Chianti Classico 2014


    Fresh cherry pie filling and savory minerality on the nose. Tart, fresh and zesty on the palate, this starts off with bright cherry and cranberry notes and turns chewy and earthy on the finish, with fantastic spice throughout. 90 pts Read More

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  • Casanuova di Nittardi Vigna Doghessa Chianti Classico 2014


    Earthy, mineral aromas of cranberry, cherry and strawberry are lightly floral. Approachable and pleasant, this comes with a tart cranberry vanguard followed by more earthy, tannic structure towards the finish, turning upwards right at the end with cola, blueberry and cherry notes that tail off for quite a while. Read More

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  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013


    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

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  • San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2014


    Deep savory black currant and blackberry aromas with vanilla bean and oak spice on the nose. Dry and dusty on the palate with concentrated cherry and strawberry flavors, this has an oaken core and rough tannins that expands outwards towards a finish of herb and spice. Read More

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  • Agricola Querciabella Chianti Classico 2014


    Ripe red fruit and clay aromas with soft earth. Licorice and zesty spice on the palate with a fresh acidity and gripping tannins, soft chocolate and cranberry, finishing with a chewy texture. Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2014


    Smoky earth and bramble fruit notes on the nose. Focused fruit notes of cranberry and cherry on the palate with a tart and earthy finish of dark chocolate and burnt toast. Read More

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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2015


    Clean, light aromas of cherry and potpourri. Potent spice and a bright acidity greet the palate but this is actually quite brooding in the mouth, showing good fresh spice and an earthy, herbal character towards the mid palate that's part birch bark, part oak and a smoky finish with gripping tannins. 89 pts Read More

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  • Istine Chianti Classico 2014


    Floral cherry and violet petal notes with red licorice. A bit tart on the palate, simple but pleasant raspberry and cranberry notes and a bit of earth on the finish. Read More

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  • Casa Sola Chianti Classico 2014


    Smoked mixed berry and moist forest floor aromas with a pleasant spice note on the nose. Easy drinking palate of fresh red berry and cherry notes, medium body, dark chocolate and mineral earth on the mid palate, with chewy tannins wringing the finish dry. Read More

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  • Riecine Chianti Classico 2014


    A bit of heat on the nose with a pervasive, slightly inorganic note, but paired with ripe berry and fresh flower aromas. On the palate this has talcum powder and strawberry fruit with a tart acidity and cranberry on the finish. Read More

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