Chianti comes from the region of Chianti in Tuscany. It is one of the best-known Italian wines and, at least partly because of the quality of the region’s food and wine, Tuscany has become a favourite holiday location.
Chianti is a blend of a variety of grapes. The most important grape is Sangiovese, followed by Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Chianti was originally bottled in a fiasco bottle, which was a bottle wrapped in straw.
Wines produced in the original area of Chianti are labeled Chianti Classico, which indicates the highly-recognised quality of the wine. It is guaranteed that Chianti Classico has been aged a minimum of seven months in an oak barrel. Chianti Classico Riserva spends a total of twenty-four months aging in a barrel before bottling.