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...

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

    The principal types of wine produced, solely from Sangiovese grapes, are the Rosso, which is subj...

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Rignana

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Lanciola Chianti Classico le Masse di Greve 2008


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Placido Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2008


    Good table wine, excellent with food. A little dry but overall flavorful. Read More

    Wine review by vanir

  • JD - We have enjoyed a selection of Nebbiolo wines in a cheese / wine tasting ... be enjoyed including several Chianti's.  The one or two Barolo wines we purchased for dinner in restaurants didn't impress me as much as I expected (they were likely on the lower end of the Barolo price spectrum) but again, we had a Cheesetique wine class (not th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • So much good value in Italy...I feel $20-25 spent on Italian wine is on such a ... a ... Barbera d'Alba. Chianti (Classico & Riserva).There is much I'm leaving out but I'm happiest in Piedmonte (&Burgundy) these day Read More

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  • Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2011


    a smooth easy tasting wine. delicious with cheese. very agreeable with a light and sweet fruit taste. no lingering aftertaste. Would Recommend. Read More

    Wine review by cws06riz

  • 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

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  • Pietrafitta Chianti 2009


    Medium bodied Chianti with flavors of ripe red cherry, plum, and a dash of leather. The second sip revealed some lush red berry, cedar, and notes of cinnamon spice. Very sassy but with a long, smooth finish! Enjoy with barbecue pork chops, pasta with tomato based sauces, or grilled eggplant. Definitely a strong 88 points. WineSplashing!! Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash

  • 20 Chianti Castello di Gabbiano 2008


    Woody and peppery, with a hit of blackberries and plums. This is dry and light at the same time. A great table wine. Read More

    Wine review by Bigfatwino

  • I Fabbri Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011


    Aromas of old wood, which is earthy, funky, and medicinal and gains huge old leather and dried herbal accents with air. While rather rich this is soft and formless in the mouth while showing well aged notes of brown spices and leather in the mouth layered over slight red berry fruit and finishing up with some tough tannins on the modest finish. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010


    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

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