Chianti

Chianti Classico

Chianti is a red wine produced in Tuscany, Italy. For a wine to be labelled Chianti it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes.

The Chianti area comprises of seven sub-areas: Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Sensei, Montalbano and Rùfina.

Chinati bottles often include a picture of a black rooster (known in Italian as a gallo nero) to signify the producer is a member of an association in the Classico sub-area that share marketing costs.

Chianti which has been aged for 38 months may be labelled as Riseva, with those that meet more specific requirements (higher alcohol content and lower yield) may be labelled as Chianti Superiore.

Currently, Chianti Classico’s ruling council is in the process of creating a new top-tier classification, that is yet to be named, to show-off the region’s improved quality.

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Chianti Classico to create flagship wine tier

13th June 2012

Chianti Classico's ruling council is set to create a new flagship wine classification to show off the region's improved quality.

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Decanter's Italian Encounter: Ian D'Agata interview

30th April 2012

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Jefford on Monday: But what about Chianti?

12th September 2011

The fatal hour has been and gone. Montalcino producers have, in the end, decided to reject the possibility of creating three different Rossi, two of which would have been pure Sangiovese and one...

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Italy's 10 most exciting wine styles

13th April 2011

The styles, regions and vintages every wine lover should know about

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Decanter Man of the Year 2011: Giacomo Tachis

1st April 2011

The 'father' of modern winemaking reflects on a career that has seen him credited with kickstarting Italy's wine renaissance

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Chianti Classico divorce papers come through

9th February 2010

The Chianti Classico Consorzio has confirmed that after 78 years of distancing itself from the Chianti denomination, the divorce is now final.

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Chianti producers agree to hold back vintage

10th August 2009

Wineries in Chianti Classico will only be allowed to sell 80% of this year’s production in an effort to stabilise the market.

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Chianti Classico to launch black rooster merchandise range

31st March 2009

The Chianti Classico wine association is launching a range of merchandise adorned with its black rooster symbol.

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The heights of Chianti Classico

17th November 2008

Speaker: Steven Spurrier

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Italy's 50 greatest ever wines

13th June 2008

Italy is home to myriad wine styles, and the top estates often produce
several different bottlings. So which are the greatest of all Italian wines?
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Chianti Travel Guide

1st May 2003

Chiantishire is now a cliché, but the place is real enough – a tapestry of hills and valleys from Florence to Siena. It is a kind of paradise, with wine and olives the abiding symbols of the good...

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