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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • 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


  • Piccini

    Our story begins in 1882 with Angiolo Piccini, from a small family enterprise of only 7ha. Guided...

  • Rignana

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • San Felice Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2000


    How can this be the first review for this bottle? Wow - Anyway - here are some notes from when I had this more than a couple of years ago already. I can still vividly remember how good this was: This wine is everything it is cracked up to be (and that is a lot), a superb bottle. I wasn't really taking notes as we drank it with dinner, but it was... Read More

    Wine review by afinta

  • Casale Dello Sparviero Chianti Classico 2003


    I was a huge fan of the 2001, a remarkable wine and a great value at about 14 a bottle. The new release is the 2003 and at only 10 and change it may be an even better bargain than the 2001 (if not quite as a superlative wine). We had a bottle tonight with dinner and it is just sublime. You can't believe it is a 10 wine when you are drinking it. ... Read More

    Wine review by afinta

  • Castello la Leccia Chianti Classico 2004


    Another stellar Chianti Classico from the Castellina area - just a special place on earth for producing wine. Beautiful ruby color with nice clarity, and no bricking at the edges. A fruity and intense nose with a subtle sweetness - solid flavors of cherries, black cherries and plums burst on the palate at first taste. A surprisingly smooth mid p... Read More

    Wine review by afinta

  • One region of the wine world I haven't yet conquered (or really paid any ... ... any ... Aglianico, a "good" Chianti (I don't think I've ever had one that I loved, but maybe I've never had a good one! Read More

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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2001


    Great buy for the price. Soft red fruit, great acid and considerable tannin. Perfect for food or a cool summer night. Read More

    Wine review by vinoquintin

  • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG 2003


    Blew my fucking mind. Hay/tobacco/leather on cherry/plum/raisin with a really nice nose, just the right acid, just the right body, which is to say pretty strong. Read More

    Wine review by andrewlevitt257

  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Pinot Gri Grigio Tuscany Italy 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by capybara

  • Antinori Passignano Riserva 2001


    Shocked by the overall Bretty-ness to this wine. Wasn't expecting that at all. However, after much swirling, aerating and sniffing, I was able to find a core of dark red and black fruit. With a positive midpalate of dried herbs and a leathery tannin finish with bitter cherry components. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Antinori Villa Red IGT 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by sacrifice333

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006


    This deep purple seductress reels you in with a smell of hot, smoky berries. In the mouth she rides fast and smooth always leaving you wanting more. Before you know it, you're bound and gagged in a wedding dress. Personal results may vary, slightly... Read More

    Wine review by gdeer81

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