What is Chianti wine
The Chianti wine
World famous and much sung about, collects under his name Chianti Wines of different characters and very different qualities. Strict regulations were issued in Florence in the early Middle Ages to defend quality. In 1716 the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III. the Chianti area was clearly established for the first time.
Chianti and Chianti Classico - what's the difference?
Today's Chianti area extends over large parts of Tuscany from Pisa to Arezzo and is divided into several sub-zones, which in turn have to meet different quality requirements. The least are for one Chianti DOCG, the highest demands are placed on the Chianti Classico DOCG posed. The zone of the Chianti Classico lies between Siena and Florence and is the heart of the Chianti. Here the winemakers have come together in the Consorzio del Marchio Storico Chianti Classico: Only their Chianti Classico are allowed to use the famous Gallo Nero, wear the black cock on the neck of the bottle - the symbol of a high quality Chianti Classico.
The mixed set of Chianti
In the middle of the 19th century, the legendary Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Castello Brolio on his winery "Chianti Formula". After numerous attempts, he found that Chianti was best if you used the following mixed set: 70% Sangiovese for fruit and body, 15% cannaiolo for fragrance and color and 10% white grapes such as Trebbiano or Malvasia for lightness and elegance. For a long time, this mixed sentence was considered irrevocable. Its most important component was the Sangiovese. In the 80s, the Consorzio decided to change the formula for the Chianti Classico DOCG; red foreign grapes could now also be added to the Sangiovese. This did not necessarily improve the Chianti Classico, but it did make the typical Chianti more adulterated. By adding foreign red grape varieties to the Sangiovese, the term Chianti Classico was reduced to absurdity. Serious producers forego the addition of Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot, as they change the character of the Chianti and, in the worst case, drown out the fine, cherry-like Sangiovese fruit.
The most important grape in Chianti Classico is that Sangiovese, there is hardly a vine in Italy that is as versatile as Sangiovese. What is produced from these grapes ranges from the cheapest bulk wine in Romagna or the plains of Lazio to the finest Brunello, Vino Nobile or Chianti Classico. It is the person who selected the clones with different intentions. The area of origin of the Sangiovese is certainly central Italy and there obviously the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, as well as the mountains of Emilia Romagna to the north. In addition to the Barbera grapes, the Sangiovese grape is the most widespread in Italy. This is an indication of their high quality. Who as a wine producer does not want to participate in the success of the Chianti of the last hundred years, a success of the Sangiovese grape? Not the ancient Romans, but the Etruscans, as can be proven from the finds of pits, probably the predecessor of today's Sangiovese Cloning known and selected. The Romans gave it its name because it was very colorful and called it sanguis jovis, blood of Jupiter.
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