“The Chianti holds the primacy of the most famous wine in the world, even more than the Champagne and Bordeaux,” wrote Burton Anderson, a famous American journalist and wine expert.
The word “Chianti” appears for the first time in a parchment of 790 A.D., while the first documents in which is made reference to the winemaking in Chianti go back to 913 A.D. and they have been found in the church of Santa Cristina in Lucignano.But the Chianti has not always been as we know it! In 1398 Chianti was a white wine of poor quality. Only later, in 1427, the Chianti wine turns red and its quality improved to the point where it became the wine of the Popes. In September 24, 1716 in Florence, the Grand Duke Cosimo III de ‘Medici issued a tender in which were specified, for the first time, the boundaries of the areas within which they could be produced the Chianti wines: Pomino, Carmignano, and Val d’Arno; it was constituted a kind of specific indication of the wine production zones. But what has really made the fortune of this wine through the ages ? The answer is simpler than you think! The vocation of the territory; the excellent quality of the land, the climate, with sharp temperature changes, cool in the night and heat in the day; the almost constant presence of the wind; and finally, above all, the quality of men devoted to wine making. Let’s taste an excellent glass of Chianti!