Chianti: as popular as ever with wine lovers

Chianti is undoubtedly the best-known Tuscan, if not Italian, appellation. It stands out for the splendour of its landscapes, medieval villages and abundant vineyards and excellent wines. Originally a small sub-region centred around the municipalities of Radda, Gaiole and Castellina, the Chianti appellation continues to expand and now covers almost half of Tuscany: 160 km from north to south, larger than Bordeaux. The heart of the region, the Chianti Classico appellation, has also expanded from its original 1716 boundaries but remains, with Chianti Ruffina, the reference in terms of quality since the best conditions for growing top-quality Sangiovese are found here.

Most producers in the region make two forms of Chianti: a simpler version that can be enjoyed in its youth, and the more serious Riserva – for the cellar. Soils vary considerably; from calcareous marl of a fragile stone known as galestro, to warmer and sandier soils. Sangiovese is a late-ripening grape and in cooler vintages, higher altitude growers sometimes struggle to obtain mature sugars and tannins. The best producers succeed, shaping complex, firm, and aromatic wines rather than voluptuous ones.

Winemakers from Chianti

Wines from Chianti