Geographically the Chianti area in Tuscany is placed to the south of the Apennines, between the provinces of Florence and Siena and is certainly among the best known areas of the Region. Enthusiastic visitors come from all around the world to appreciate the irreplicable qualities of this wine .
Chianti wine was born in a small area , between the towns of Radda in Chianti , Castellina in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti. Today other territories have been added including the towns of Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi ( in the province of Siena ) , Greve in Chianti and part of the municipality of Barberino Val d'Elsa ( in the province of Florence) . These all add up making the wine growing area called " Chianti Classico " ( identified by the label with the Black Rooster ) .
The wine area of Chianti, however, is spread over the one of Chianti Classico reaching the Arezzo hills.
From the geographical point of view the Chianti is in fact between the provinces of Florence , Arezzo and Siena, so you will also hear speaking about Chianti Colli Fiorentini , Chianti Colli Senesi and Chianti Colli Aretini, for example.
For those who visit, Chianti offers a succession of unique and fascinating landscape often shown in Greeting Cards and Calendars.
Chianti Classico is certainly the best known Italian red wine worldwide.
The famous "chianti fiascos"on the tables of the most famous restaurants during the seventies and eighties are unforgettable.
The "ruby" colour, requires aging at least until the first of March of the year following the harvest, but the distinction of products depends on the type of storage and the length (from Slavonian barrels to French oak barrels ... in steps from one to another until the last bottle storage for varying periods of time).
All the winemaking and bottling operations must be carried out in the DOCG area, but exceptions are allowed with prior authorization.
To have the copyright on a name is not enough, in fact, the origin of a given territory, must also comply with all the rules laid down in the product specifications, which lay down the conditions and the necessary requirements in order for a wine to carry a D.O.C.G. … "Chianti Classico".
Until the end of 1700, the wine of Chianti area was produced using only the grapes of the Sangiovese grape variety; in the early ‘800s it began to apply the practice of blending different varieties of grapes to improve the quality of the wine produced (blend).
Sangiovese still at 75-90%.
Colour : bright ruby to garnet with aging;
Bouquet: intensely winy, sometimes with violet and a more pronounced character of finesse in the aging process;
Taste: balanced, fruity, slightly tannic, which is refined over time to the soft velvet; vintage product that has undergone the "government" has vividness and roundness.
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Serving suggestions :
Roasts and game, mature but not spicy, tasty pasta dishes.
Chianti is also used in wine therapy for its relaxing properties .