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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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Piccini

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • 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 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

  • Stop drinking those Fenoccchios so young!  An early drinking Barolo ... I ... I had a I Sodi del Paretaio Chianti that I paid 11.50 for that was spot on, actually more typcial of good Chianti than a Castellare di Castellina CCR I had the other night.Going back a way, JD, the reason the Sangio that RBA drank was IGT is that it was from Puglia. ... Read More

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  • One wonders why they chose to or had to go through IGT for that Sangiovese, ... so young. Maybe out of the Chianti zone, or using an unconventional blend, etc Read More

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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala 2011


    Dusty and earthy tomato leaf and red currant notes on the nose with light cranberry and cherry. In the mouth, this shows well with rich red fruit, mostly cranberry and cherry and chalky earth, fresh violet and bold acidity. Nice long finish with mixed berries.90 pts Read More

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  • Great story, JD!VV, here's how it usually works, as people who have been ... pinots, Barbera, Dolcetto, Chianti, lower end Zin, Cotes du Rhone, etcetera.  If I'm planning on something nice, I might bring it into the house and put it in the tower, but it keeps cooler in the basement, even when it was a passive, quarter of the house, barely stan... Read More

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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2012


    Currently my favorite Chianti! I typically have this imported by the case. I'm not good with describing the tastes at this time but I hope to get better and come back to update my review. Read More

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  • I was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and didn't have too much trouble getting into wineries to taste, Montalcino has tasting rooms right downtown.  My other recommendations was going to be flying to somewhere close to Avignon and going to Chateauneuf du Pape.  David Sharp at WineMine recently was there and ... Read More

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  • The above suggestions are solid, but I'll also add that if you can find ... you'll be quite close to Chianti, which seems to meet all of Greg's guideline Read More

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  • Lucha, we're looking forward to the outcome.Going back a way to JD's ... big name in the upper end of Chianti Classicos.  I just roped in a handful of bottles at JJBuckley's Fall clearance; it's above my daily drinker range but very reasonable for a wine that could lie down for a while.  It's not up there with Fontodi's prestige bottles, or a ... Read More

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  • " but the idea of some pan-Italian red sauce restaurant wouldn't ... ... places with the bottle of Chianti are perfect examples of pan-Italian. Tomato-based dishes come from the south and if there were a "natural" pairing, it would be with wines from the south of Italy, not from Tuscany. But the producers in Chianti so dominated the export mar... Read More

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  • "The red-checked tablecloth places with the bottle of Chianti are perfect examples of pan-Italian."My favorite Italian place in Tokyo (hope my Tuscan chef/owner-friend Mario who runs another restaurant I often frequent doesn't read this) has red-checked tablecloths and is literally named 'Chianti'.  ;-)    Was an in-spot for celebs back in the '... Read More

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