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...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • 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 ...

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  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Rignana

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

  • 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...

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

    The very fest mention of the castle Il Palagio dates back to 1252, though it is thought to be muc...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2010


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    Wine review by smcwhirter

  • Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2010


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    Wine review by lahmanl

  • I'm not sure Tignanello or even Solaia have ever  been great wines (in ... ... old Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Reserva than these supposed Super-Tuscans. The friendship between The  Marchese and Robert Mondavi wasn't as  much about wine or winemaking as  much as it was about wine-marketing. A lesson Piero et al has  learned wel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tignanello

  • It ain't Timbucktu but it's full of BevMo! They buy juice, put their ... ... from France, and a Chianti, and a Tempranillo, that's from Spain."  She asked if I'd like a glass of one and really pushed the Tempranillo. It was Protos. I said it was OK, I'd find something else.She suggested that I should expand my palate.!Now if she had been pour... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bourgueil vs. Chinon: Paging...

  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2010


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    Wine review by nventure

  • After reading several of the posts here I realize that as a casual drinker I am ... ... enjoyed many of the Chianti Classicos and others from the Tuscany area. I did send some home so as I open them I will try to give you all  my impressions, not sure if I will have the 'lingo' right but will do the best I can, I look forward to your insights a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • OT-Not a formal request.  I'm not sure what's ready and what's ... latest vintage of Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, so then I had to round out the purchase... you know how that goes.Okay, prediction for this growing season:  Cool, dry summer; biggest danger is a late rain or heavy wind at flowering that lowers fruit set and increases shatte... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Growing Season has begun

  • Piccini Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Sasso Al Poggio 2009


    Very good peppery, rich Read More

    Wine review by ehastie

  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


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    Wine review by cahamilt14

  • Dellatorri Chianti Riserva Collector Series 2005


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    Wine review by cahamilt14

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