Chianti Classico Consorzio approves new subzones

The assembly of the Chianti Classico Consorzio approved on 16th June the region’s new sub-zone classification.

The 11 sub-zones (UGA = Unitá Geografiche Aggiuntive) were approved by a large majority of the 500 members of the Consorzio. The sub-zones were identified by the taste profiles of the wines as well as by their topography and production history.  The aim of this project is to communicate Chianti Classico’s complexity by highlighting the importance of provenance.

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This has been a major focus for the Consorzio and Giovanni Manetti made it a priority when he became president in 2018. Giovanni says: “The phrase 'the territory makes the difference' has always been one of our favourite mottos. Chianti Classico is a truly unique territory, two-thirds of which is covered by woodland and only one-tenth of which is devoted to winegrowing, and more than 50% of this now follows the dictates of organic farming (52.5% of the area under vine). As I have often said in my three years as President, wine reflects the territory like a negative photographic image, and this is why it is so important to preserve its environmental context and landscape, and be able to tell the consumer about it, in all its various facets, also through the label.”

The new UGA are: Castellina, Gaiole, Radda, San Casciano, San Donato in Poggio (which includes Barberino Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi, and Tavarnelle in Val di Pesa), Greve, Panzano, Lamole, Montefioralle, Castelnuovo Berardenga and Vagliagli.

For the moment, the UGA will apply only to the Gran Selezione wines, with the aim of extending this classification to the Riserva and Annata wines in the near future.

On the same day, Consorzio members approved new rules for the Gran Selezione blend components.

The new rules establish the minimum of Sangiovese in the blend is now 90% (up from current 80%). The remaining 10% can be made up of native Tuscan red grape varieties only, removing the option for international varietals. This move will give more space to the Tuscan varietals which are considered more representative of the Chianti Classico area and viticulture.