Great Tuscan Wines: Chianti Classico

Great Tuscan Wines: Chianti Classico

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Our journey continues leaving behind the beautiful landscapes of Siena. We’re travelling few more miles along the Val d’Elsa road, and this time our destination is one of the most famous wine areas of the world – Chianti. This gem of an area is known as one of the oldest wine production areas and is located just between the province of Florence and Siena. It is divided into 2 wine denominations – “Chianti” and “Chianti Classico”.

The black rooster symbol you see on each bottle is one associated to the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium. Chianti has become a strong contender on the international market once again, after a few rough years it leaves behind.

Export sales have risen greatly for this red wine, as with many of the other great Tuscan wines, but the black rooster seems to be making a comeback with consumers from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan and Northern Europe. The year 2014 marked a “golden year” for Chianti exports, increasing in sales by 5% from the previous year and reaching its best international sales ever in its history.

These great numbers are worth boasting about, but Chianti Classico Wine Consortium is still experimenting and looking for new ways to expand markets. Some of the products they are heavily promoting are the “la Gran Selezione” (Grand Selection) and the “classic” line of wines. They are also promoting their “reserve wines” which in addition to being stored in steel containers, spend 24 months aging, 3 of which in the bottle itself. Quality is what characterizes all of the above wines. Full bouquet, red fruit and spiced wines with an unmistakable garnet color. That’s what you get from the black rooster!

Chianti Classico is not the only Italian wine performing increasing well in international sales. Over 290 thousand hectoliters of Chianti wines, across the 566 members of the Consortium, were produced in 2014 (10% increase from previous year).

Foreign markets are beginning to understand the quality Italian wines offer and there has been a rise in demand from countries such as the United States (31% total sales), Germany (12%), Canada (10%), United Kingdom, Switzerland and Japan.

Chianti has regained its standing as one of the most important wine districts of Italy.