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 ...

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • Machiavelli

    Country: Italy Wine region: Tuscany Address: Loc. Sant'andrea In Percussina , San Casciano In Va...

  • Rignana

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • 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

  • I looked at the wine list and I can't really tell what things cost because ... Actually, the Isole e Olena Chianti is not a bad deal.  While it seems pricey for Chianti, that's elite Chianti.  There's also a 2007 Brunello from Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona for about $80, and '07 is an early drinking vintage, so it should be good with a decant. ... Read More

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  • Luiano Chianti Classico 2011


    My Rating 85: Very lean and thin with not many interesting flavors. Nose weak but later on blooms and gets well balanced and nice. this raised my rting from an 83 to an 85 Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Le Corte Chianti Classico 2010


    Smokey on the nose with lovely red fruit aromas. This is quite transparent and ... touch of austerity. Classic Chianti. 88- Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2010


    A bit musty, chalky and lean on the nose some bright raspberry fruit and dusty framing notes. Clean and fresh in the mouth with great cut not he palate and mineral freshness to the vivid red berry fruit. This is long, juicy and clean, but is simple if in the classic high acid, energetic style. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2010


    Fresh, pure and very fruity on the nose with layers of raspberry and strawberry fruit with hints of toasty oak spice and sundried tomatoes along with a touch of VA. A touch chewy on entry, this is slow to open in the mouth and compact with some wood tannin and sweet toast urging under the bright fruit. Cool, elegant and long on the palate, this ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2010


    What a lovely nose, quite herbal, spiky, and complex with a fine blend of dried herbs, hot stones, sweet spices, leather, cranberry and some worcestershire sauce all given added lift by a hint of VA. Sweet yet compact in the mouth with finely ripe but classically angular Sangiovese tannins. With air this gains some weight, and loses a bit of cl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2010


    A touch leathery on the nose with a relatively dark fruit profile framed with earth and floral nuance. Dark, compact and edgy in the mouth with spiced black cherry and black raspberry fruit. This is big, rich and complete with a fleshy feel and fine structure that shows zesty acids not he finish along with a hint of heat. Really very nicely done... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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