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300 years of Chianti Classico – a preview

Dievole is gearing up for one of the most anticipated events in our wine territory each year: the Anteprima Chianti Classico. Organized by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, this annual event, which is reserved to the press, unites international journalists with local producers and will be held at the Stazione Leopolda on February 15 and 16, 2016. This is the first opportunity to taste the latest Chianti Classico Vintages – from 2013, 2014 and, for some producers, even some 2015.

Most interesting for the general reader is the news that in 2016 we are celebrating 300 years of Chianti Classico! The area now called “Chianti Classico” was determined in 1716 by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who placed it in a swath of land between Florence and Siena. In the early 20th century, the fame of this wine caused for a level of production that outgrew the boundaries of the production area. By 1924, there was a need to redefine the areas, so was born, in 1924, the “Consortium for the protection of Chianti wine and its trademark of origin.” This Consortium chose the Black Rooster as its symbol because it is the historic emblem of the Lega Militare del Chianti, reproduced by Giorgio Vasari in his Allegory of Chianti frescoed on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Soon after, in 1932, the suffix “Classico” was added to distinguish the original wine production zone from the extended one (called simply “Chianti”).

Gallo Nero - Black Rooster at Dievole

Gallo Nero – Black Rooster at Dievole

Historically important and delicious to drink, Chianti Classico is also very important for the economy of Tuscany. Producing some 290,000 hl of wine per year, the area of Chianti Classico employs several thousand skilled workers and generates a positive ripple effect on the Italian economy. Sales of the vintage are up 8% in 2015, with a strong export trend as well as good domestic sales in a stronger economy. And as Dievole lovers know, producing wine goes hand in hand with enjoying the territory, with its extra virgin olive oil, fresh and natural foods, and genuine hospitality.

Dievole celebrates this 300 years of history (and our own history, coming up on its thousandth birthday not too long from now) with the presentation of a new line of Chianti Classico wines, fruit of the past three years’ hard work. We’ll be present at the Anteprima Chianti Classico fair, speaking with the press, and look forward to showing and serving you our new wines.