Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is one of the most iconic red wines in the Italian wine scene; mentioned for the first time in an official document in 1398, it was born between the Florentine and the Sienese hills, an area that over the centuries has been a disputed land by the two cities. The Chianti Classico area extends over 70,000 hectares between the provinces of Florence and Siena, in 8 different municipalities, eight "capitals" of Chianti Classico.

The wine-growing area was delimited already since 1716 by the then Grand Duke of Tuscany, to oppose the fraud that already existed at that time. Over the centuries, Chianti has registered an ever-increasing notoriety, to the point that it can no longer meet the demand. The flourishing growth meant that wines "for Chianti use" were produced even outside the historical area, and this led to the need for brand protection; this is how the first Italian wine consortium was born, the "Consortium for the defence of Chianti wine and its Brand of Origin" in 1924. With the birth of the consortium, the associates also decided on the logo to be included in their bottles, the Black Rooster, symbol of the ancient military league of Chianti; the suffix "Classico", instead, was added to the bottles from 1932, after some legal battles.

The history of Chianti Classico is bounded with the Sangiovese grape, the main variety of the Tuscany region, as well as the most widespread red grape variety in the Italian territory. From Banfi to Antinori, from Pieve di Campoli to Podere La Villa and Savignola Paolina,  scroll down and discover all the Chianti Classico wines on Wine-Online.

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