Chianti is a name that refers to both a geographical area located in Central Tuscany and one of Italy’s most famous exported wines.

When considering the Chianti region and its wines, it is critical to make a distinction between Chianti DOCG and Chianti Classico DOCG which are two totally different appellations with different requirements.

Between the cities of Florence and Siena is a geographically and historically significant Chianti wine-producing region. This area is known as Chianti Storico, and it roughly corresponds to the original zone of production that was legally defined in the 14th century. This winegrowing Chianti Storico area is now known as Chianti Classico, and the wines produced there fall under the Chianti Classico DOCG label.

Additionally, there is a broad Chianti appellation, which resulted from vineyard development (mainly due to the commercial success of the wine on the export market) on area surrounding the physical Chianti Storico in the 1930s. The Chianti DOCG label applies to wines produced in the area surrounding the Chianti Classico DOCG. This Chianti DOCG has seven different sub-zones, and its Disciplinare is less stringent than the Chianti Classico DOCG in terms of winemaking.

The 7 sub-zones of the Chianti DOCG are:

  • Rufina
  • Colli FIorentini (around Florence)
  • Colli Senesi (around Siena)
  • Colli Aretini (around Arezzo)
  • Colline Pisane (around Pisa)
  • Montalbano
  • Montespertoli

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