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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Machiavelli

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Il Muretto Chianti Riserva 2008

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    Interesting one. Purchased from Jubilation. Ruby red just turning a bit brown ... ... Not familiar enough with Chianti enough to see where this one fits, but not bad and unexpected taste...but then again, maybe the mustiness was 'corked'. will try another bottl Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010

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    Wine review by Junisin


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... blend, just like they did in Chianti in the 1970s and in Austria in the 1970s, and there's some really good bikaver made these days. The composer Franz Liszt, who was Hungarian, loved the bikaver from Szekszárd and the first references to that wine are about the Szekszárd version. But ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano 2011

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2012

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    Wine review by calywa


  • 'Super Tuscan' is a loose term used to denote wines that were purposely ... ... catchall IGT use. The Chianti area was where restrictions were felt (and resisted) most strongly. Early famous Super Tuscans focused mostly on Bordeaux blends (Sassicaia, Tignanello and so forth). A lot of them now use more Sangiovese in various non-spec ways, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Chianti Classico Felsina 2011

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Chianti Monsanto Italy 2006

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    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini


  • Chianti Classico Riserva Felsina 2010

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • I do apologize for my lack of wine knowledge, and I thank all who have posted ... have since bought different chianti wines trying to reproduce a remembered flavor with no luck.  I hope this will help in trying to explain what I am searching for.I thank all of you for sharing your knowledge with me.B Read More

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