Chianti / Chianti Classico
Chianti DOCG might be Italy’s most famous red wine. There is a huge variation in quality and style; but generally since the 1960’s there has been a move towards quality production over quantity.
The Chianti Classico zone is the original production area and lies between the art cities of Florence and Siena. It is responsible for producing the greatest examples; along with the seven Chianti satellite appellations; Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano, Montespertoli, Rufina.
Sangiovese is the main grape of Chianti and produces wines characterized by red cherry aromas and flavours, savoury herbs, high acid and high tannin. At one time Chianti had to include 20 percent other grapes in the blend (some of which were white), but today, this is no longer required, just optional. You can now find Chianti made from 100% Sangiovese or with the addition of international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Winemakers use traditional oak botte as well as French barriques.