Ask Sid: (UPDATE) Chianti vs. Chianti Classico?

October 24th, 2018
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what's the difference between chianti and chianti classico

Question: What is the main difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico?

Answer: Main difference is that although they share the same name they are entirely separate regions and different wines. Chianti is the name of a territory delimited in 1716 and the name of a wine made in Tuscany but not in the geographical zone called Chianti. Chianti Classico is the name of a wine made in the geographical zone called Chianti and the only one entitled to bear the historic Black Rooster symbol. Chianti Classico is now that original zone from 1761 then called Chianti. As of 2010 Chianti is banned in the Chianti Classico zone .

Different regulations apply including:

Chianti Classico: 80-100% Sangiovese; Up to 20% authorized red grape varieties; No white varieties; 7.5 tons /hectare & 2 kilos /vine with 4400 plants /hectare

Chianti: 70-100% Sangiovese; Up to 30% authorized red grape varieties; Up to 10% white varieties; 9 tons/hectare & 3 kilos /vine with 4000 plants/hectare

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October 24th, 2018

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  1. Dale Egan says:

    I found the answer a bit confusing…. so I went looking about…. this map in wikipedia seems to look like chianti and chianti Classico are geographically similar but the wines are defined differently?… is that right? I don’t get the “entirely different regions” part

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