Chianti Style WInes

Chianti is a red Italian wine produced in the Chianti reqion of Tuscany Italy. Historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, today most Chianti is bottled in modern wine bottles. For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes.

A Chianti with a black rooster on the neck of the bottle indicates the producer is a member of the Gallo Nero Consortium, an association of producers of the Classico sub-area. Since 2005 the black rooster has been the emblem of the Chianti Classico producers association.

Aged Chianti (38 months instead of 4-7), may be labeled as Riserva. Chianti that meets more stringent requirements (lower yield, higher alcohol content and dry extract) may be labeled as Chianti Superiore. Chianti from the "Classico" sub-area is not allowed to be labeled as "Superiore".

A Chianti "style" wine is one made using the same grape varieties as Chianti, but not produced in the Chianti region of Italy.