A Short History of Chianti Classico Wine

For any wine enthusiast who calls themselves a true follower of oenology, the one factor that proves their love for the heady elixir is their passion for Chianti Classico wine.

Created in Tuscany, Chianti Classico is one such concoction that greatly expresses the vibrancy of the rolling vineyard hills, the golden glow of the sun, and its own rich history in a single glass of wine.

Origin of Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico has been a part of the Tuscan region history for a long time, with the earliest mention of Chianti wines being in 1398. Although it was 300 years later in 1716, that the Chianti territory was introduced in history officially by the Medici.

At that time, the territory was divided in three main villages – Gaiole, Castellina and Radda. These were the three villages that comprised the Lega Del Chianti, which later came to be known as the Provincia Del Chianti.

In 1932, a ministerial decree divided these villages into seven new zones, each of which produced its own Chianti wine, but with a distinctive name and label. Chianti Classico came from the territory that stretched between Florence and Siena.

Chianti Classico in the Late 20th Century

Although the 1950s weren’t as kind to Chianti Classico wine as one would have wanted due to the economic and weather conditions, it did favor the wine by becoming codified. Due to poor quality of wine that was being grown at the time, the grape content of wine became codified so that all grapes could age well. The two varieties of grape that became most popular for this were the Canaiolo and Sangiovese.

Truly, it was the 1960s that brought about a huge transition in the Chianti Classico industry. Because of the quality of grapes and the wine itself, Chianti entered the well respected DOC or the Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which classified Classico as a selective wine. This addition into the DOC brought forth a significant impact on these wines, since they were recognized as an independent appellation.

Peculiarities of Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is quite unlike other wines, since its blend is created with a large amount of Sangiovese grapes. In fact, Sangiovese makes 80% of the wine’s component, while 20% comes from native grapes like Canaiolo and Colorino or grapes of international varieties. Italian connoisseurs favor Italian grape varieties, but it’s not a rule imposed by any entity

The Chianti Classico red wine comes in a clear ruby red color and emits a floral bouquet of notes in its odor. With a good level of tannin, the wine is dry, harmonious to the tongue and strong enough to make quite an impression on the taste.

Chianti ClassicoHowever, what makes this wine even more unique is that of the pink label with an including seal of a black rooster. As the symbol of Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, this symbol was founded in 1924 to protect the Chianti and prevent any wine fraud.

As a vineyard that produces some of the best Tuscan wines, Montemaggio pays close attention to its Chianti Classico red wines as well. In fact, it uses its best Sangiovese grapes to produce the Chianti Classico Riserva, which is a particularly esteemed wine in the community.

If you want to experience the best flavors, contact the Montemaggio vineyard and experience the beauty of this special wine in its birthplace.

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