Chianti’s tangled roots

Tuscany hasn’t always been part of Italy, and the history of its signature wine is as complex as the ever-changing politics of the region

13th April, 2015
Chianti: the world’s most exported red wine is in the process of returning to greatness

In the past, you did not even need to read the label: just the sight of a wicker-bottomed bottle being lifted up by its string handles was enough to lift the spirits with an echo of la dolce vita. Then you tasted the wine: Chianti.

Chianti is the US’s largest wine import, and the most dominant red wine export in the world. The straw-bottomed bottle in which, traditionally, it is housed is called a fiasco,...

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