Distinguishing Chianti from Chianti Classico For travelers venturing into these lands, the true guide to understanding the territory lies in the flavors and tastes that frame the local culture, with wine reigning as the prince of tradition. Chianti Classico, with a history spanning centuries, follows strict cultivation rules and meticulous land care. The Chianti Classico DOCG designation is reserved for red wines from the oldest Chianti area, nestled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, encompassing Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, San Casciano val di Pesa, and Tavarnelle.
Roots in History Established by a decree in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III, the Chianti Classico production area was the world’s first legally defined wine region. This decree marked the birth of the first Consortium, a supervisory body formed to safeguard against fraud in wine production and trade.