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

  • 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...

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Machiavelli

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Some interesting Chianti Classico, at good prices, vouched for by our very own GDP...   Red soils in ChiantiA “New” Chianti Classico: Gregory Dal Piaz on Lecci e Brocchi"Discovering" great wines today is a crapshoot. Simply put, there are not many producers out there who are both little known and fabulous. One must rely on luck and timing, above... Read More

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  • Galioffo Vin Santo del Chianti DOCG 2009

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    Tried this recently while on a walking food tour in Florence, Italy, and dipped cantucci biscotti into the wine. Our tour guide told us this is a popular dessert among locals. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by RobynLF


  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale price, it's good PR for them and they don't actually lose money.  They probab... Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... by exposure and altitude, or Chianti Classico vs. other Chianti zones, because there are differences.  You should be able to tell, if you have the same vintage and winemaking, between subzones of Rioja.  All of those areas are large enough that there are some big differences.... Read More

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... ... those like I drink $15 Chianti, which is to say several times a week.  He spends a lot of time thinking about them, etc. Not saying there aren't differences in wines, not saying you cannot educate your palate, not saying there aren't more and less gifted tastes.... Read More

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  • The Jeff Hill story is something, isn't it?  InVino has been selling ... about.  Chianti, CdR, Pinot Grigio, the possibilities are endless, if somewhat limiting in other ways.  Read More

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  • Good metaphor, D.Grilled Ahi for me and Salmon for the rest of the family, but ... all that, I finished off a Chianti Classico from Querceto while grilling, then we shifted to '10 Holdredge Mazie Rose PN with the main course.  Wow, that's a beautiful, silky wine.  We were hosting our friends' kid for the afternoon, so they stopped by for desse... Read More

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  • Casalforno Chianti Classico 2011

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Colli Senesi Monrosso 2013

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    1st time for trying this offering of Monsanto chiantis. Generous fruit up front with a slight spice and zest note on the finish. Soft chewy tannins supported by good acidity give this a medium length finish. Great food wine. Drink now - Paul 88 poinys Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ruffino Chianti 2012

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    Another Super One selection and for the area and the population it serves it will sit well for Italian night pasta feeds. Just a little zest to the cherry and blueberry fruit with earth and spice for accent. The body is sort of lithe - and the aftertaste is extremely short - which makes you want another. Drink now - Paul 84 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • We loved the Chianti served at Il Latini restaurant in Florence. We tood a picture of the bottle, but failed to capture the year. On the label is "Il Latini Tuscano Russo". Can anybody identify where to purchase (even if I have to order from the restaurant!) We loved it!

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  • i'm trying to find any information about a very large /tall green glass chianti bottle shaped like a woman carry a bottle on her shoulder

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  • How long does a bottle of Chianti last after you open the bottle

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  • i am looking for a store that sells 2006 baroncini sangiovese di toscana cavaicante

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  • Coltibuono 2006 Chianti Classico: Delicious, perfectly balanced, soft tannins, gobs of taught fruit. Perfect with past or meat. A terrific Chianti! M. Miller

    Comment by 120483millershrink 120483 millershrink


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