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...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • 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...

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • 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

  • Bivio Chianti 2006


    Simple easy drinking wine, alcohol a little overbearing, but still a pleasant drink. I tried this on the advice of a local wine shop proprietor who tends to have a different palate than mine. Read More

    Wine review by VeggieFella

  • Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina 2005


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    Wine review by jdwineent

  • Monastero Chianti Classico 2005


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    Wine review by pmpeak

  • L'Oca Ciuca Chianti Reserva NV


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    Wine review by QuietSeditionist

  • Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 1990


    Slightly fungal, black fruit nose. It's quite dry. Full of oak and leather and dust and slightly medicinal. A hint of cherry, but most of the fruit has long since dried up. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva 1990


    Slightly oaky nose mixed with olives and fresh earth and a fungal quality. Palate is very dry, earthy, prunes and acidic black fruits with a hearty quantity of oak. Finish is heavy on the tar and leather and of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Ama Chianti Bellavista 2004


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    Wine review by djk25

  • Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 1990


    A really nice wine, but certainly "drink now". Advancing well, but do not keep any longer. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva 1990


    Solid sangiovese nose of bitter cherries and acid. Very acidic and crisp throughout, yet retaining lots of earthy, tannins. Has an interesting metallic finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • We had a great tasting last night and it focused on one of my favorite grapes, ... ... that is responsible for Chianti, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and myriad Rossos from across Italy. While each clone has something different to offer and each terroir produces different results there are some characteristics that can be considered... Read More

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