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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

    Perhaps no region of the world personifies the warmth and graciousness of good food and great ...

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • 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

  • Da Vinci Chianti 2005


    Nice and smooth. I really love this wine, but since this was my first go at Chianti, I gave it 4.5 glasses. Perhaps there is something out there that's even better? Will definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by aimeepawluk

  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2003


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    Wine review by graigray

  • Ruffino Aziano Chi07 750m 2007


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    Wine review by Munchkin

  • Castello di Gabbiano Chianti 2007


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    Wine review by Munchkin

  • Ruffino Aziano Chi07 750m 2007


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    Wine review by GeekyKhan

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2006


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    Wine review by kingcocoon

  • Villa Sovestro Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva 2003


    Raspberry, red currant and pepper are the main flavours. Nice spicy finish which stays long in the mouth, pretty good. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Azienda Agricola Montevertine Il Sodaccio 1990


    What a fantastic nose full of effusive leather, spice, earth, herb and slightly gamey small red berry fruits with just a hint of super elastic bubble plastic volatility. The nose gains a rare meat/roasted meat tone with air. This is absolutely at peak with just a hint of agressiveness to the ever so slightly astringent tannins that don't preeve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dreolino Chianti 2005


    Very light body wine that is easy to drink. Fruity nose and equally fruity ... ... ... I have not had a lot of Chianti so far, so I have little to compare this to, but very enjoyable to drin Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Dreolino Chianti 2005


    Decent fruit with a plum character. Nice oak smell and flavor with a touch of smokiness. Fairly light on the body with easy tannins. Not overly complex but a pretty pleasant experience. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

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