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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Piccini

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

    The Aiola castle has been known since the Middle-Ages being one of the most important Sienese str...

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • Rignana

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Carpineto Toscana Molin Vecchio 2004


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • The best thing to do would be try some.  Try a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Chianti.  They should be pretty mellow.  Read More

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  • Placido Chianti 2012


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Al, to the best of my knowledge, they would be considered Super Tuscans.  ... It differentiates them from Chianti, and Barolo and Brunello, which all have strict rules due to their DOCG status.  The Tuscans are a "lower" classification (Indicazione Geografica Tipica or IGT).  The il fauno was about 60% Merlot, with the other Bordeaux varieties... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Il Muretto Chianti Riserva 2008


    Interesting one. Purchased from Jubilation. Ruby red just turning a bit brown ... ... Not familiar enough with Chianti enough to see where this one fits, but not bad and unexpected taste...but then again, maybe the mustiness was 'corked'. will try another bottl Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010


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    Wine review by Junisin

  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... blend, just like they did in Chianti in the 1970s and in Austria in the 1970s, and there's some really good bikaver made these days. The composer Franz Liszt, who was Hungarian, loved the bikaver from Szekszárd and the first references to that wine are about the Szekszárd version. But ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?

  • Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano 2011


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2012


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    Wine review by calywa

  • 'Super Tuscan' is a loose term used to denote wines that were purposely ... ... catchall IGT use. The Chianti area was where restrictions were felt (and resisted) most strongly. Early famous Super Tuscans focused mostly on Bordeaux blends (Sassicaia, Tignanello and so forth). A lot of them now use more Sangiovese in various non-spec ways, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

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