Chianti dei Colli Aretini DOCG

Chianti Colli Aretini is a still red wine. Production is carried out using 75% to 100% Sangiovese, up to 10% Canaiolo Nero, up to 10% Trebbiano or Malvasia, and 10% red varieties authorised by the specification. The colour is deep ruby red, the flavour is fresh, dry and vivacious. Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG has a minimum alcohol content of 12 percent. The Riserva is aged for 26 months and starts with a minimum alcohol concentration of 12.5 percent. Vin Santo del Chianti Colli Aretini DOC, on the other hand, is made from white grapes, mainly Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia, left to dry after the harvest for a few months. The must is aged for a period of time ranging from a minimum of 3-4 years up to several decades. The minimum alcohol content is 16 percent, the colour is amber and the taste is passito and rich. Vin Santo del Chianti Colli Aretini Occhio di Pernice DOC is made from Sangiovese (minimum 50%) blended with red or white grapes. The alcohol content must be at least 17%. Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG goes best with pasta with meat sauces, roasted or grilled meat, game and aged cheeses. This wine is one of the types covered by the Chianti DOCG denomination, which, like Chianti Classico DOCG, takes its name from an area between the provinces of Siena and Florence, but refers to production in other parts of Tuscany. Vine cultivation became established throughout Tuscany with the Etruscans, who were masters of agriculture in the inland areas. Winemaking continued in Roman times, and survived into the early Middle Ages thanks to monks. It then spread everywhere after the 11th century. In the Middle Ages, the vocation of the Chianti area for wine was already renowned. In 1141, the Ricasoli family, who would make wine history for centuries to come, was attested in Brolio. As early as 1400, there was a need to begin protecting wine, which meant introducing rules in order to protect its name and characteristics. A new turning point came in 1716, when Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici issued provisions to establish geographical boundaries and regulate the production, sale and name of Chianti. In 1874, the official blend was defined. This definition inspired the 1984 specifications. That was the year when the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita was authorised. In 1924, the Consorzio Gallo Nero was founded with the aim of protecting and seeing the true value in this world-famous brand.