47 Expo del Chianti Classico

Dal 7 al 10 settembre gli appassionati di vino di tutto il mondo arrivano a Greve in Chianti

Chianti Classico wine capital: Greve last day of Expo

The entire program of a day to live and enjoy to the full

Chianti Classico, between stands around the Expo: "The 2015? It will be a very good year"

"Guest unanimous: "Ripe grapes and perfect . The year seems destined to be really outstanding

The Director General of the Chianti Classico Consortium visiting the Expo: "Quality wine outstanding"

Giuseppe Liberatore: "We are at an extraordinary average level. The 2015? It looks like a vintage fabulous"

Expo Chianti Classico 2015: ribbon cutting the banner of unity

Present the mayors of Chianti, two regional councilors, the president of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico

Expo Chianti Classico: start at 17. The Gazzettino update the official website

The editors of the online newspaper of Chianti working on www.expochianticlassico.com

The Black Rooster sings Expo, one large window in Greve in Chianti

More than 60 companies showcasing 10 to 13 September in Piazza Matteotti

Expo Chianti Classico number 45 : Greve become the cradle of the great Renaissance wine

The exhibition in 2014 in just four days was stormed by about 15 thousand wine tourists

The "men who do things" by Luca Carfagna: icon Expo Greve

The artist of Panzano in Chianti and its stylized human figures on jute: "Energetic and ironic"

"The Chianti Classico flies . We're almost to pre-crisis levels"

The analysis of the director of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico on the eve of the 45th Expo

What news! In 2016 stage of the Tour of Italy in the Chianti Classico

A time trial 40 km starting from Radda and arrival in Greve in Chianti

Chianti Classico: "The year? Prospects ok, but the accounts are made at the end of September"

On the eve of the Expo, the winemaker Dario Parenti makes predictions: "The Docg? I see it in great recovery"

Expo Chianti Classico, Remaschi : "Product quality the winning"

The regional minister for agriculture: "A showcase of great importance for all producers"

Waiting for 45th Edition "Chianti Classico Expo"

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Chianti Classico and Chianti: two different wines

…just about every 5 minutes around the world these words are used incorrectly to define two wines whose names and provenances the public is unclear about: Chianti and Chianti Classico.

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Chianti Classico and Chianti: two different wines

Chianti Classico, more than just wine!

The most common idea is that Chianti Classico is a subzone of Chianti, like “Rufina”, “Colli Fiorentini” and so on…

So, often the suffix “Classico” is omitted from articles (even in the wine press), discussions or posts on the various social networks. It’s easier to quickly say “Chianti” – it’s all in the same family, right?

In actual fact that suffix is really important because it distinguishes Chianti Classico from Chianti and its subzones.

Chianti (and its subzones) and Chianti Classico are, in fact, two different and separate DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Denominations of Origin), with two different sets of production regulations, production zones and tutelary consortiums.

Two bits of historical info.

In 1716 the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III, formally decreed the borders of the Chianti production zone, an area lying between the cities of Florence and Siena in which the homonymous wine was made, at the time already a great success. So the territory called “Chianti” was where “Chianti” wine was made.

In the early 20th century this success kept increasing and, to protect its production, its vintners founded a consortium to protect their wine made in Chianti and its original trademark. The symbol immediately chosen was the Black Rooster, historical symbol of the Chianti Military League and among other things painted by artist Giorgio Vasari on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

And here began the confusion because, in that same period and for commercial reasons, wine began to be produced outside the Chianti zone delimited in 1716, and this was also called “Chianti” or “Chianti-style” wine.

In 1932 the Italian government issued a special decree to differentiate the Chianti made in the zone of origin, adding to it the suffix “Classico”. Since then Chianti wine is what is produced outside the geographical area called “Chianti”, while Chianti Classico is what is produced within the original “Chianti” production zone.

As a recap:

Chianti: the name of a territory delimited in 1716 that today covers the communities of Castellina, Gaiole, Greve and Radda in Chianti in their entirety and parts of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi, San Casciano and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.

Chianti: the name of a wine made in Tuscany but not in the geographical area called “Chianti”.

Chianti Classico: the name of the wine made in the geographical area called “Chianti”. It is the only wine entitled to bear the historic Black Rooster trademark.

by Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico