Being a wine lover (how could you not be, if you’ve landed on our blog?), you have certainly heard of the Consorzio Chianti Classico but have you ever wondered what this denomination actually means for all the wine-cellars present within its jurisdiction? To be a part of the Chianti Classico family is synonymous of quality, dedication and passion for Tradition with a capital T. Consorzio Chianti Classico has become a worldwide love-mark and we’re proud to be a part of it with our wines.
The birth of Consorzio Chianti Classico
The Consorzio Chianti Classico’s history goes way back to Medicean times, when in 1716 Cosimo the Third, grand duke of Tuscany, officially traced the borders of what would become one of the world’s most appreciated wine-producing areas. The Chianti Consorzio was officially created in 1924 in order to safeguard and protect its products and producers. With the expansion of the area, a ministerial decree was issued to add the adjective “Classico” to the pre-existing Consorzio, in order to distinguish its wines from the ones produced outside of the original boundaries marked in 1716. In 1984 Chianti Classico obtained the prestigious DOCG status (There are currently only a handful of Italian wines that qualify for this coveted category).
The Territory and its wines
The Chianti Classico area comprises over 71.800 hectares of Tuscan soil, spreading between Florence and Siena, considered the capitals of this world-renowned wine region. If you feel like visiting the area, take a walk on the so-called “Strade del Vino” (Wine roads), paths that have existed since Etruscan times and lead across the heart of Chianti Classico. Although its terrain, climate and altitude might result unfavourable to most crops, the stretch of land where Chianti Classico wines grow has tamed both man and vine to perfection. To flock with the Black Rooster (the legendary trademark of Chianti Classico – always make sure that this symbol is present when you’re on the lookout for authentic CC bottles), the wine must be made up of at least 80% Sangiovese grapes. Blends can include only indigenous red grapes such as Canaiolo Nero and Colorino, or international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each Chianti Classico wine has to respond to certain organoleptic characteristics and strictly controlled winemaking techniques. The wine must be clear, of a ruby-red hue, with hints of red fruit and dry, soft, tannins. There are three different categories of Chianti Classico wine: the recently introduced Gran Selezione (produced with the best grapes of a single vine, aged 30 months – of which 3 are in the bottle), Riserva (24 months ageing – of which 3 are in the bottle) and Annata (vintage). At this year’s Chianti Classico Collection, an annual event where only Chianti Classico producers are allowed to display their wines, we presented our Novecento Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 and Chianti Classico 2015 vintage. By law, Chianti Classico wines can only be sold in glass bordolese wine bottles or the typical Tuscan flasks exclusively topped with a cork stopper.
We, the children of Consorzio Chianti Classico
Apart from attending special events and abiding to certain rules, what does it mean to be a part of the Consorzio Chianti Classico? For us at Dievole, it means family, respect for tradition, an oath to protect our Tuscan roots. It means that, alongside our over 600 fellow winemakers, we are the flag-bearers of something that has truly shaped the history of wine and, although we follow similar production steps from grape to bottle, we have managed to create our own separate worlds where nuances, details and carefully sought-after peculiarities make each wine recognisable, unique and gives it its own voice. Although we are brought together by the same name, our true wealth lies in the diversity, personality and splendid variety of our wines. We, the children of the great Consorzio Chianti Classico family, the Black Rooster’s industrious chicks, are driven by only one mission: to make great Tuscan wine.