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The Chianti area is home to Italy’s most famous and historic wine, Chianti Classico DOCG, called “Classico” because it’s first and original Chianti wine. It’s produced in the rolling Tuscan hills between Florence and Siena in the heartland of Chianti. You can easily drive to both cities from Chianti.
About Chianti Classico Wine:A very dry and medium-bodied ruby red wine with a flowery, fruity bouquet that blends violet and iris aromas with scents of ripe berries. Don’t miss its spicy aftertaste with hints of cinnamon. Its complex and well structured flavor is more refined than Chianti DOCG.
Grape blend: At least 80% Sangiovese grapes and 20% from other red grape varieties.
When it’s best to drink: 5-7+ years for Chianti Classico, 8-10+ for Chianti Classico Reserve.
Pairings for Chianti Classico:Enjoy your Chianti Classico with hearty Tuscan red meat dishes such as ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’ T-Bone steak, roast lamb or pork, chicken with spicy ‘alla Diavola’ sauce as well as like tart ‘Pecorino’ sheep’s cheese.
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Authentic bottles of Chianti Classico have the distinctive pink label with a black rooster, symbol of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium.
Fun fact: The area where Chianti Classico DOCG is grown was the first ‘official’ protected wine area in the world, being given legal status in 1716.
Top attractions: As well as wine tasting, try visiting Chianti’s many hilltop medieval towns and trekking along the network of trails around Giaole in Chianti.
Weather:Continental climate with temperatures averaging 4-5 °C (39 F) in the winter and hot and dry summers.
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