Image of a glass of Chianti with decanter on a table topSmells and tastes like Italy.
It is unpretentious and a favorite of wine enthusiasts. It is a dry red wine of the Sangiovese grape variety produced in Tuscany, a part of central Italy. Chianti is one of the most renowned Italian wine-making zones.

The characteristics are defined by black and red fruit elements, savory notes, such as meat and leather, herbs, and baking spice. At the same time, Chianti shows fine-grained tannins and a really refreshing medium-high acidity. It has a velvety texture and dry taste. A good bottle will benefit from extra aeration to reduce acidity.

The wine’s high acidity cuts through oily and fatty foods. The dusty tannin makes Chianti wonderful to pair with courses rich in olive oil, tomato, or meat,

The earliest documentation of a Chianti wine dates back to the 14th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the Chianti Mountains around Florence. It was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket. However, most Chianti is now bottled in more standard wine bottles. In the mid-late 19th century, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (later Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Italy) helped establish Sangiovese as the blend’s dominant grape variety, creating the blueprint for today’s Chianti wines.

Villa Claudia—Our Chianti Recommendation
Villa Claudia Chianti 2019 has a taste profile including cherries and is lightly flora. This high-acid wine with soft tannins pairs wonderfully with pasta alla bolognese and pizza.

About Villa Claudia
Rufina is the most well-known of the Chianti zones, due to some of the finest Tuscan wines being produced there. The VC farm is 55 hectares of vineyards & woods in the heart of Chianti. There is an ancient hamlet on the property, constructed by the Etruscans, who also built walls in this area nearly 1000 years ago that are still intact.

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