Tuscany - Denominations, wine law and regulations - Chianti DOCG

3 important questions on Tuscany - Denominations, wine law and regulations - Chianti DOCG

Describe the growing environment of DOCG Chianti

  • Large area, covering central Tuscany
  • Inland close to the Apennins
  • Area of hills
  • vineyards on lower slopes < 300m above sea level (Classico higher up on the hills)

What are the legal rules for Chianti DOCG?

  • Red wine
  • 70-100% Sangiovese
  • max 15% international
  • max 10% white
  • Min 11,5% abv, Subzones: 12% abv
  • Max 63hl/ha yields
  • Riserva: ageing for 2 years before release (not necessary on oak, apart from the subzones).

Why is a Chianti Classico wine more expensive than DOCG Chianti?

  • Maximum yield is 63 hL/ha in Chianti.
  • High yield level has less intensive work in the vineyard and short ageing (Chianti DOCG can be released for sale in March following the vintage) in large format stainless steel or old oak contributes to the light to medium flavour intensity and the lower cost (and therefore price) of Chianti, as compared to denominations such as Chianti Classico. Reserva 2 years ageing.
  • They are typically medium bodied and medium alcohol.
  • Wines are inexpensive to mid-price and quality ranges from acceptable to very good.

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