National Chianti Day takes place on the first Friday of September and this year, it will be held on September 1. The day was founded by Santa Margherita U.S.A in honor of the beloved Chianti Classico wines that have become a traditional symbol of the Tuscany and Chianti Classico regions of Italy.
The Santa Margherita ‘Chianti Classico Riserva’ and its other wine variants are so unique because of the detail and care involved in their production. Gotten from a single wine vineyard called ‘Salcentino,’ located in one of Italy’s famous applications, the Chianti Classico wines possess a dry, rich and distinct aroma that is a testament to their unique flavor.
History of National Chianti Day
There have been vineyards in Tuscany’s Chianti region since the early 1700s and it has a worldwide reputation for producing fine wines. One of Tuscany’s best wines, the ‘Chianti Classico,’ bears the same name. Tuscany’s Chianti region has expanded over the centuries, and now covers a large expanse of the Tuscany region. The most basic wine produced in the region is known simply as Chianti, and it comes from the region’s outskirts and contains fewer grapes.
Chianti Riserva is aged longer — potentially in both bottle and wood — and is typically made from the producer’s best grapes to withstand the extra aging time. Chianti Classico wines are produced in a much smaller, central inner area, where the majority of the best grapes are grown.
These generally richer and more complex wines can pair well with a wide range of exciting and complex dishes, including cooked down, lush tomato sauces, and braised chicken dishes. And, since Chianti Classico is the true flavor of Tuscany and the purest symbol of the region, the wines are naturally suited to Italian cuisine.
National Chianti Day timeline
Production of wines labeled Chianti begins in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
Santa Margherita U.S.A on September 4, 2020, declares every first Friday of September as National Chianti Day.
The second anniversary of National Chianti Day is marked by wine lovers across the world.
Chianti lovers discover the uniqueness of the Chianti Classico wine and its characteristic traits at the Chianti Classic Expo.
National Chianti Day FAQs
Is Chianti Classico the same as Chianti?
The appellations of Chianti and Chianti Classico are vastly different. Chianti Classico is produced within the historical Chianti district and contains a larger grape concentration, while Chianti wine is produced outside the historical area and is considered a much more basic version.
What makes a Chianti unique?
In Italy, Chianti can be identified by its dry, red texture and cherry-like aromas.
What is Chianti famous for?
Wines from Chianti include the Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, and so many more that can be enjoyed and appreciated for their distinct flavors.
National Chianti Day Activities
Cook a meal with wine
The delicate acidity of the Chianti Classico makes it a very worthy spice that can elevate the taste of any meal. So be sure to explore all the ways this Italian wine can complement your dishes.
Have a drink with friends
Whether it’s an evening date or just a casual get-together, a bottle of Chianti always elevates the atmosphere. It’s also a perfect wine choice for marking special occasions and can also be given out as a gift as well.
Attend wine tasting events
If you’re a wine lover, National Chianti Day presents the perfect opportunity for you to connect with other wine connoisseurs. Attend wine tasting events in your area and you can also have a fun time trying to distinguish the different flavors of Chianti.
5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Santa Margherita
They stock a wide range of wines
Santa Margherita U.S.A manages and partners with premium wine estates across the country.
They represent top wineries
The company’s wine portfolio consists of different, high-quality wineries, all based in Italy’s finest wine regions.
The company has Italian roots
The Santa Margherita U.S.A parent company is made up of ten different estates in the most exquisite wine-producing locations in Italy.
The company was founded in 1935
Count Gaetano Marzotto founded the Santa Margherita Wine Group in 1935.
They have a robust international network
Santa Margherita U.S.A has a global reach that spans 96 countries.
Why We Love National Chianti Day
There are a variety of flavors to choose from
Chianti wines, with their various aromatic aromas, pair well with a wide variety of delectable dishes. Chianti wines can also be used as a spice, depending on the cuisine.
It complements a variety of dishes
From the more popular Chianti Classico to the maturing Chianti Riserva, there's a Chianti wine for any occasion. They also have eye-catching bottles.
Free wine tasting opportunities
National Chianti Day is the ideal occasion to attend a wine tasting event. If you're in Italy, you might go to wine tasting events and try different Tuscan wines.
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