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The satellite appellations around the central Chianti Classico are anything but uniform; yet it is difficult to characterise them individually, as the style of the house clearly matters more than its exact origin when it comes to the personality of one of these wines. The range of styles and qualities is correspondingly wide.
Photo: Consorzio Vino Chianti

One thing is certain: if you are looking for the Chianti that Tuscany once stood for, the unpretentious, tangy, animating, not too heavy food companion with a stimulating acid bite and just the right dose of rustic earthiness, you have to look here. These Chianti will never win the competition for the world's greatest wines, but they will always win the race for the front seat at the dinner table.