Friday, January 23, 2015

What is Chianti Classico

The Chianti wine production region is a large area taking up most of central Tuscany in Italy. Chianti wine was originally produced in a small area between the cities of Florence and Siena which was defined legally as far back as 1716.

However due to the popularity of Chianti, other nearby areas began producing  and selling wines with the same name. They were often wines of inferior quality (and price), so obviously the authentic producers had a lot to complain about.

To solve the situation, but only in 1932, seven sub zones where added to the original Chianti region of 1716. It was decided that wine from the original area of 1716 be defined Chianti Classico, and the name may only be legally used by wines coming from said region.

The wines from the added on sub zones took the name of their geographical locations and are: Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Colli Aretini, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Montalbano,Chianti  Rufina, and as of 1996 Chianti Montespertoli. Often they are simply referred to as Chianti.

So in a word, Chianti Classico is the wine from the original historic production area which has an extension of about 277 sq miles, but only 28 are officially designated for the production of Classico wines. 

For a tour of Chianti Classico you might like to check out my
Chianti Scenic Tour & Wine tasting.

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