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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Piccini

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

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • Luciano Bruni

    The Siena area lies on sweet, sunny hills, caressed by light winds, sprinkled by moderate, season...

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Fattoria di Bibbiani Chianti 2003


    Good cherry and earthiness on the nose. On the palette it had strong acidity, with cherry, dashed with a little funk. I wasn't analyzing the wine too closely, but it was a good enough value for the price. When paired with a tomato based pasta sauce, it went well, on it's own the acidity was a bit much, but not undrinkable. Read More

    Wine review by JoshuaChrist

  • Castello di Gabbiano Sangiovese Toscana IGT Bellezza 2001


    A pretty good meal wine. Drinking it while having a red sauced pasta brings out the flavor more. Also, I prefer this slightly chilled, Im not sure how others would drink it. Read More

    Wine review by abottleatatime

  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by Quantum Mechanic

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2004


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    Wine review by noellenyc

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006


    This is a good wine but I wouldn't call it awe-inspiring. We bought two ... ... think the next time I want a Chianti, I'll look elsewher Read More

    Wine review by blondestranger

  • Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio Rosso San Felice 2001


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    Wine review by Sovereign89

  • Loggia del Conte Chianti 2007


    If you like Chianti wines but want a cheap price-- this is your bet. This is a well balanced wine that will not disappoint. It is light on the palate and the flavor will instantaneously bring your mind to a quaint little Italian restaurant. For the price, this wine is sure to please. Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

  • Chianti Riserva Vinci Cantine Leonardo da Vinci 2004


    Strong and mouthful wine. Went very well with robust food. Read More

    Wine review by Ishwari

  • Those of us with wine websites get the zaniest e-mail requests. Usually the ... The name on the bottle is Chianti. It has a lantern style top with a candle in it. It is really dusty and there is sediment in the bottom. Is this a good wine or a good bottle? I do not drink wine personally but the bottle (monstrosity) is so unique I'm not sure... Read More

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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by manjuy

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