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The first definition of a wine-area called Chianti was made in 1716.
It described the area near the villages of Gaiole, Castellina and Radda; the so-called Lega del Chianti and later Provincia del Chianti (Chianti province).
In 1932 the Chianti area was completely re-drawn and divided in seven sub-areas: Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rùfina.
Most of the villages that in 1932 were suddenly included in the new Chianti Classico area added in Chianti to their name-such as Greve in Chianti
which amended its name in 1972.
Wines labelled "Chianti Classico" come from the biggest sub-area of Chianti, that includes the original Chianti heartland.
Only Chianti from this sub-zone may boast the black rooster seal (known in Italian as a gallo nero) on the neck of the bottle,
which indicates that the producer of the wine is a member of the Chianti Classico Consortium, the local association of producers.
Other variants, with the exception of Rufina from the north-east side of Florence and Montalbano in the south of Pistoia,
originate in the respective named provinces: Siena for the Colli Senesi, Florence for the Colli Fiorentini, Arezzo for the Colli Aretini and
Pisa for the Colline Pisane. In 1996 part of the Colli Fiorentini sub-area was renamed Montespertoli.
Gaiole in Chianti is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of Florence
and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) northeast of Siena. Forbes named it number one in its list of "Europe's Most Idyllic Places To Live."
Each year in March, a professional bicycle race is held, known as Strade Bianche in reference to the white gravel roads of the Sienna region.
In October there is a public event, using many of the same roads, for vintage bicycle enthusiasts known as L'Eroica.
This starts and finishes in Gaiole including a full week of festivities.
Castellina in Chianti is a comune in the province of Siena, in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 35 kilometres south of Florence
and about 15 kilometres northwest of Siena.
The territory of Castellina in Chianti borders the following municipalities: Barberino Val d'Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Greve in Chianti, Monteriggioni,
Poggibonsi, Radda in Chianti, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.
Radda in Chianti is a comune in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 35 kilometres southeast of Florence and about 15 km north of Siena.
During the 1970s producers started to reduce the quantity of white grapes in Chianti. In 1995 it became legal to produce a Chianti with 100% Sangiovese.
For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes.
Aged Chianti (38 months instead of 4–7), may be labelled as Riserva.
Chianti that meets more stringent requirements (lower yield, higher alcohol content and dry extract) may be labelled as Chianti Superiore,
although Chianti from the "Classico" sub-area is not allowed in any event to be labelled as "Superiore".
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