Chianti Classico DOCG

Note: Eleven subzones within Chianti Classico DOCG have been proposed, for the Gran Selezione level only at this point. Important changes to the blend are also specified. Approval, possibly with retroactive effect, is expected, but the timing is unknown. Read more here

Region: Toscana



History: Established as a subzone of the Chianti DOC in 1967, which became a DOCG in 1984; Chianti Classico became a separate DOCG in 1996

Vineyard Area: 7,000 ha / 17,300 acres (2022)

Production: 351,000 hl / 3,896,000 cases (5-year average)

Principal Red Grape Varieties:

Styles and Wine Composition

  • Rosso or “Annata” (Rd): Minimum 80% Sangiovese (locally Sangioveto) + OARG
  • Riserva (Rosso)
  • Gran Selezione (Rosso)

Significant Production Rules

  • Maximum vineyard elevation: 700 m (2,300 ft)
  • Grapes for Gran Selezione can be harvested only from the winery’s own vineyards
  • Minimum alcohol level: 12.0% for Rosso; 12.5% for Riserva; 13.0% for Gran Selezione
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 4 g/l (0.4%)
  • Aging: For Rosso, minimum approx. 1 year (ERD = October 1, V+1); for Riserva, minimum 24 months, including 3 months in bottle (ERD = January 1, V+3); for Gran Selezione, minimum 30 months, including 3 months in bottle (ERD = July 1, V+3)

Last Disciplinare Modification:



Note: The basic level for Chianti Classico wines—that is, those not at the Riserva or Gran Selezione level—is referred to as Annata, although that is generally not a term used on labels.

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