Chianti Classico is set in a mountainous area between Siena and Firenze. Known as Chianti Storico (Historic Chianti), it’s the birthplace of Chianti. This wine has been produced here since 1398 and, in 1716, it became the first appellation in the world to be defined by law.
Chianti Classico wines offer firm tannins and flavours of red cherry, raspberry, balsamic vinegar, leather, tobacco and liquorice. Wines from high-elevation vineyards (400-550 m) are more perfumed and structured, while those from lower sites have more depth. The mountain climate of Chianti Classico, with its stark difference between day and night temperatures, helps the Sangiovese grapes retain a high level of acidity. It also extends the period of ripening so flavours can slowly develop. This ultimately produces wines of higher quality, with serious ageing potential.