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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • Villa di Geggiano

    AZIENDA AGRARIA BIANCHI BANDINELLI (PRODUCERS OF FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY) The Owner...

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

    The farm is made up of about 50 hectares of woodlands, vineyards and olives. Ten of these hecta...

  • Machiavelli

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Principe Corsini

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Berardenga Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007

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    Dark in the glass. The aroma is slightly tight, a little wound. Red fruits and leather are obvious. On the palate, there is plenty of red berry fruit, medium body and a pleasant bitter black olive component. Balanced and well made. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • My favorite wine is Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino - but I can't afford ... and fell in love with their Chianti.  But I have a lot of different wines I really like.  Just wish I had more folks in my life that liked wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Everyone on Snooth!


  • Penny Stamp Chianti 2012

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    Very good wine for the cost. Smooth complex taste. Great with food or by itself. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by vanir


  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2010

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    Garnet Red, and amazing again. Viva Fontodi, -William @ Barolo Ristorante. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Reserva Castello di Ama 2009

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    This producer is one that provides "next level" Chianti perennially. The immediate first impression on the nose is of depth, darkness, and complexity. The beautiful rich dark fruit, black cherry and blackberry, has a pleasant hard edge that suggests seriousness. Overlying the fruit is cedar, dried violets, charred sandalwood, faint vanilla bean,... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Lanciola Chianti Classico le Masse di Greve 2008

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    decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Placido Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2008

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    Good table wine, excellent with food. A little dry but overall flavorful. Read More

    Wine review by vanir


  • JD - We have enjoyed a selection of Nebbiolo wines in a cheese / wine tasting ... be enjoyed including several Chianti's.  The one or two Barolo wines we purchased for dinner in restaurants didn't impress me as much as I expected (they were likely on the lower end of the Barolo price spectrum) but again, we had a Cheesetique wine class (not th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • So much good value in Italy...I feel $20-25 spent on Italian wine is on such a ... a ... Barbera d'Alba. Chianti (Classico & Riserva).There is much I'm leaving out but I'm happiest in Piedmonte (&Burgundy) these day Read More

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  • Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2011

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    a smooth easy tasting wine. delicious with cheese. very agreeable with a light and sweet fruit taste. no lingering aftertaste. Would Recommend. Read More

    Wine review by cws06riz


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