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Chianti

Uncorking a bottle of Chianti transports you to the heart of Tuscany. The rolling Italian hills in this region are covered with vineyards, boasting world-famous wine.

Chianti is a light-bodied, Italian red wine. It is known for its bright acidity and fruity notes. Let Chianti be the perfect partner to elevate your next meal, offering a delicious taste of Tuscany in every sip, but also acts perfectly as a palette cleanser after a rich meal.

Chianti gets its name from the region it is produced in central Tuscany, Italy. It was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket. Predominantly a dry red wine, it is crafted from the Sangiovese grape, which produces the main body of its flavour. It contributes bright acidity, notes of red cherry and plum, and a touch of earthiness, creating the classic Chianti taste profile. 

Beyond the classic complex red, Chianti offers a surprising range of white and rosé variations  with a fresh and fruity finish.

Another type originated within this region is Chianti Classico, renowned for its stricter regulations, resulting in a range of higher quality wines. Explore the nuances of Chianti Rufina, Colli Senesi, or Montalbano and discover the unique characteristics each area brings to the table.

Chianti's vibrant character promises to enhance your dining experience. Lighter Chiantis call for lighter dishes, while richer ones can handle bolder flavours. Embrace the Tuscan philosophy of tomato-based pasta sauces, pizzas, grilled meats and bold cheeses such as gorgonzola. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What grape is Chianti made from?

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Sangiovese is the king grape of Chianti, making up at least 70% of the blend. It contributes bright acidity and red fruit notes. Other grapes like Canaiolo and Colorino can be included for complexity.

What does Chianti taste like?

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Expect flavours of red fruits like cherry and plum, with hints of herbs, balsamic vinegar, and even earthiness. The specific flavours can vary depending on the subregion and ageing of the blend.

What food pairs well with Chianti?

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Chianti's versatility shines! Enjoy it with pasta dishes, grilled meats, pizzas, bold cheeses, and even Tuscan specialties like Ribollita or Bistecca Fiorentina.

What's the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico?

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Chianti Classico is a sub-region of Chianti known for its stricter regulations and higher quality wines. It often showcases a more prominent Sangiovese expression, with a focus on structure and ageing potential.

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