Definition - What does Chianti mean?

Chianti is a type of wine produced in the Chianti region located in central Tuscany, Italy. These red wines are an extremely famous and well-liked variety amongst wine aficionados. To qualify and get listed as a chianti, the wines must include at least 70% composition of Sangiovese grapes.

WineFrog explains Chianti

The Chianti region contains areas in central Tuscany, Italy, with areas overlapping adjacent eastern regions as well. The wines produced in this region have excellent color and taste due to the favorable topographical conditions for Sangiovese grapes to flourish. Chianti wines are typically made from 70% to 80% of red Sangiovese grapes, with other red or even white grapes. However, some Chianti wines may contain 100% Sangiovese grapes too. The wines used to be packaged in a straw-covered Chianti flask known as a fiasco. The fiasco is believed to be the origins of the modern day wine bottles. Furthermore, Chianti wine is now bottled in regular wine bottles as straw flasks symbolize cheap wines in Italy.

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