Chianti DOCG

Chianti See Toscana (historic center) map, ref #3

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Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1967; became a DOCG in 1984
Vineyard Area: 15,500 ha / 38,300 acres (2014)
Production: 720,400 hl / 8,004,000 cases (2015)
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
Styles and Wine Composition:
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 70% Sangiovese; maximum 30% OARG (maximum 15% Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon); maximum 10% OAWG
  • Rosso from subzone Colli Senesi only (Rd): Minimum 75% Sangiovese; maximum 25% OARG (maximum 10% Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon); maximum 10% OAWG
  • Superiore (Rosso)
  • Riserva (Rosso)

Subzones:

  • Colli Aretini
  • Colli Fiorentini
  • Colline Pisane
  • Colli Senesi
  • Montalbano
  • Montespertoli
  • Rufina

Note: Chianti Classico is a separate DOCG and not a subzone of the Chianti DOCG.


Significant Production Rules:
  • The traditional Governo process of enriching the wine by allowing it to finish fermenting in contact with unfermented dried grapes is still permitted
  • Minimum alcohol level: 11.5% for non-subzone Rosso, Colli Aretini, Colline Pisane, and Montalbano; 12.0% for Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Montespertoli, and Rufina; 12.0% for Superiore and for non-subzone Riserva; 12.5% for Riserva from all subzones except Colli Senesi; 13.0% for Colli Senesi Riserva
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 4 g/l (0.4%)
  • Aging: For most Rosso, minimum approx. 4 months (ERD = March 1, V+1); for Rosso from Montespertoli, minimum approx. 7 months (ERD = June 1, V+1); for Rosso from Colli Fiorentini and Rufina and for Superiore, minimum approx. 10 months (ERD = September 1, V+1); for Riserva, minimum 2 years (ERD = January 1, V+3); for Riserva from Colli Fiorentini and Rufina, minimum 2 years, including 6 months in barrel (ERD = January 1, V+3); for Riserva from Colli Senesi, minimum 2 years, including 8 months in barrel and 4 months in bottle (ERD = January 1, V+3)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 11/05/2014