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The good news right from the start: The average quality of Chianti Classico has probably never been as good as it is today. It is only a little surprising that the wines of this DOCG, which is one of the oldest clearly defined regions of origin, often seem to have no clear line, no identity-forming similarities. Regardless of their quality, many Chianti Classico could just as well come from the Bordelais, from southern France, southern Italy, Spain or Australia.

Landscape in Chianti Classico (Photo: Consorzio Chianti Classico)

But here, too, the trend seems to slowly go in a different direction. After the use of new wood, even in the Riserve, has begun to be significantly reduced some time ago, the wines of many producers are now becoming ever finer and more elegant, and are thus once again approaching the image of the delicate and yet characterful food companion that we like to think of a Chianti Classico.