From 1 July 2023, Chianti Classico producers will be allowed to write the eleven additional geographical indications (UGA = unità geografiche aggiuntive), introduced in 2021, on the labels of the top category Gran Selezione. This was announced by the Chianti Classico Consortium at the "Chianti Classico Collection" event in Florence. The subzones are: Castellina, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole, Greve, Lamole, Montefioralle, Panzano, Radda, San Casciano, San Donato in Poggio (including Barberino Tavarnelle and Poggibonsi) and Vagliagli.
Both the consortium and the wineries have high hopes for the introduction of UGA on the appellation's top wines. The Gran Selezione category had been created in 2014 to redefine the top quality of Chianti Classico. While only 33 producers presented their Gran Selezione to the international press in 2014, the wines of 164 producers could be tasted in Florence this year. In 2022 alone, the Gran Selezione was able to increase its sales by 30 percent.
"For Chianti Classico winemakers, it is crucial to produce wines that are more and more transparent. That is, they should increasingly reflect the territory in which they were produced. The introduction of geographical indications on the label will satisfy the interest of consumers who increasingly want to deepen their knowledge of the relationship between the wines and their area of origin," said the president of the Chianti Classico Consortium Giovanni Manetti at the Anteprima event.
(ru / Source: Winenews; Photo: Consorzio Chianti Classico)