In 1716, Cosimo de' Medici III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decreed that the region between Florence and Siena could produce what today is known as Chianti Classic.
The origin of Chianti Classic can be probably traced back to the family Ricasoli infect the family tree, reproduced in a print from 1584, is also one of the first images we have of Chianti.
Bettino Ricasoli travelled widely, visited cellars, brought avant-garde knowledge and tools to Chianti, involved illustrious researchers and scholars of the period in his mission and was wise and far-sighted in attending to the marketing. His commitment to the economic development of Chianti is interwoven with the history of a political man who was one of the main players of the Italian Risorgimento and Prime Minister of the unified Italy after Cavour. His determination gave a direction to what can be defined as a Risorgimento in Italian wine-making.
The key to the unique qualities of Chianti Classic is the local sangiovese grape, and right now there is a strong movement to return to the ancient traditions of wine-making along with an eco-responsible trend towards organic cultivation.
Among the vineyards most famous in the world where designed wine cellars alternate with medieval villages, touring the area is a unique experience.
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