Chianti is a red wine made in the region Tuscany, which is known as the basket of bottle wine. It is related to the squat bottled ones, covered by a straw basket known as fiasco. There are a lot of improvements done in the making and serving these Chianti wines. The name Chianti refers to a region in Italy, which is the only area to make popular wines.
But there are some other areas that use the label Chianti for their wines. These wines were made using red grapes like Canaiolo and Sangiovese initially, but later on, they used white grapes like Malvasia and Trebbiano to manufacture this wine. This became the reason for this wine to become popular in various zones. Dalmasso Commission has defined seven Chianti zones for the making of this wine.
Different Kinds Of Chianti Wine
Chianti Classico is a wine of beauty and pride, produced from the Central Italy. This region is awarded the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) certification, which tells the story of wine making. The productions of wines involve achieving specific colors, flavors and aroma effectively.
Wine makers make use of Sangiovese, to make Chianti wine, which is considered as the pure varietal. Apart from this, Colorino, Canaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used in making a wine of standard quality.
Another DOCG certified Chianti wine zone is the Chianti Montalbano, which is known for making iconic and historic Italian wines. The vineyards are situated on the hills of south Pistoia and west Florence in Italy. This zone makes use of traditional red grape Sangiovese of Tuscan origin, to produce blended wine. They also use Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Colorino and Canaiolo to produce quality wines that are soft and aroma oriented and to be consumed young.
Chianti Colli Fiorentini
Chianti Colli Fiorentini is the zone that covers the hills around Florence, present across Arno and Pesa rivers. This region is situated in the borders of Chianti Classic that extends to mountains present at Fiesole. Most commonly, wine production is done using Sangiovese that attracts wine consumers worldwide.
Few indigeneous red grapes such as Colorino and Canaiolo and few stains of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are used, to contribute to the remaining wine production.
Chianti Rufini is a zone that experiences continental climate, which is said to be outstanding for the growth of grapes. With excellent soils and outstanding vineyards, this zone produces fruity, worthy, elegant and well structured wines. International grape varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvginon contribute to the making of wine in this zone. However, the red grape variety Sangiovese is used in large quantity for manufacturing tastier and delicious wines.
Chianti Colli Senesi
This zone covers the hills of Siena that extends to San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano overlapping with Chianti Classico. Just like in the common Chianti wine group, grape variety Sangiovese is used in making this red wine.
The Bordeaux mixture of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has helped in obtaining the DOCG award for this zone. The wine made here is known for fullness, freshness, taste and fragrance, to attract people enormously.
Chianto Colline Pisane
Colline Pisane covers the western part in Chianti, which is located around Casciana Terme near Pisa. It is the delicate and lighter style of wine that looks aromatic, ruby-red in color and fruity, dry and tannic in nature, when consumed fresh.
Chianto Colli Aretini
Chianto Colli Aretini has the quality of light, little alcoholic and is less complex making it easily consumable. This zone doesn’t have a DOGC appellation, but most of the wines use this label or they are simply referred to as Chianti. Just like all other Chianti wines, this zone uses Sangiovese in making the wine with fine tuned quality.