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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Podere Il Pozzo

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

  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

  • Principe Corsini

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Well, my last volunteer wine pouring at the Wine in the Water Park event for ... for ... from Portugal and a Chianti from Tuscany, Italy.  One lady gave me a $2 tip and another lady gave me $1.  These were my first tips at this event and totally unexpected.  Personally I think they were hitting on me and of course I did my best to not encoura... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • So, OT, the "finished product" looks amazing.  Great job. ... ... certainly better than the Chianti.  Oh, I missed the VT.  So, I guess that by drinking Syrah and missing the Garnacha VT I totally dissed Grenache Day.  I'll probably screw up tomorrow also--Talk Like a Pirate D Read More

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  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2011

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    Not particularly dark, garnet color. Musty, woody nose. Initial hit of candied fruits is a bit disappointing. Medium bodied. Very light on the acid makes this a pretty flabby wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Villa Cafaggio Basilica Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico 2010

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    Medium bodied, simple wine. Fairly tart with minimal fruit flavors. Tartness makes it refreshing. Perfectly adequate low-dollar wine to have with cured meats or olives. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Frescobaldi Chianti Castiglioni 2006

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    Wine review by jillpickle


  • I'm at least one person who said the merlot is best used to soften up ... ... ... It's approved for Chianti as a blender as long as it doesn't exceed 10 or 15 percent.  I can't be bothered to look up the exact number.  It's better than the bad local grapes that used to be required, although I would generally prefer that those wines be called ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Spalletti Chianti 2010

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    The wine is a bright garnet color in the glass with great clarity as is typical with a nice Chianti. The nose is pure Tuscan Sangiovese, with earthy aromas of leather, smoke and peat over a fruit foundation of ripe plum and blackberry. The taste takes be back to a lunch of Tuscan Toast I had in Florence back in 1995, with some ripe blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Been away a lot these days, too, though will have to try hard to reach your ... ilk. How'd it end up on Chianti?As usual won't be able to make it across the pond, even though the idea of such a meetup is more than merely enticing. Will be lucky this summer to get three or four days in a yurt with an outdoor bath on a point overlooking a surfbr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for a visit.


  • No, not in person, but just stopping by for a virtual hello!As some of you ... ... hard at work on a book about Chianti, I'm spending some beautiful summer days indoors transcribing the 100 or so interviews I recorded over the past several months as I get rolling out of research mode and into production mode.I might need something to drink in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for a visit.


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