Vin Santo del Chianti PDO

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The Vin Santo del Chianti PDO is reserved for the following typologies of wine: Vin Santo and Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice. The Designation also incorporates seven geographical specifications.

Production Area

The production area of Vin Santo del Chianti PDO is within the territory of numerous municipalities in the provinces of Arezzo, Florence, Prato, Pisa, Pistoia and Siena, in the Tuscany region.

Blends

Vin Santo (incl. Riserva): min. 70% Trebbiano Toscano and/or Malvasia Bianca Lunga, pure or with the addition of grape berries originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Tuscany region, max. 30%. Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (incl. Riserva): min. 50% Sangiovese, pure or with the addition of grape berries originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Tuscany region, max. 50%.

Description of product typologies

Vin Santo del Chianti PDO is straw-yellow in colour, tending towards golden and at times amber; the nose releases intense, pleasant and elegant aromas which open with notes of raisin, dried fig and apricot jam, followed by aromas of candied-fruit, almond, citrus peel and vanilla; the palate corresponds to the nose, with a sweet and smooth attack that is balanced by the alcohol, a full-body, intense flavours, a pleasant freshness and a persistent finish reminiscent of dried fig, honey, apricot jam and almond. It can also be produced in the typologies Medium-Sweet, Semi-Sweet and Sweet. The label may display Riserva.Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice is from pink, varying in intensity, to deep amber in colour; the nose opens with embracing, ethereal and fruity fragrances which reveal a floral and spicy background; it is sweet, smooth and velvety on the palate. It can display Riserva on the label.Vin Santo del Chianti PDO and Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Occhio di Pernice wines must be produced with traditional vinification methods, which involve the natural drying of carefully selected grapes in suitable environments, with the possibility of partial drying with the aid of ventilated air; the following aging processes must take place in wooden kegs with a capacity of no more than 5 hectolitres, concluding October 1st of the third year following that in which the grapes were produced, and the fourth year for Riserva wines.Vin Santo del Chianti PDO and Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Occhio di Pernice wines cannot be made available for consumption before November 1st of the third year following that in which the grapes were produced; Riserva wines can be put on the market from November 1st of the fourth year following that in which the grapes were produced.

Geographical and sub-area specifications

The Vin Santo del Chianti PDO can be accompanied by seven geographical specifications: Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Colli Aretini, Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Colli Fiorentini, Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Colli Senesi, Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Colline Pisane, Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Montalbano, Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Montespertoli e Vin Santo del Chianti PDO Rufina, which are reserved for Vin Santo and Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice wines produced with typical grapes from the terroir of origin.

Additional specifications

Vin Santo del Chianti PDO wines may indicate the following typologies on the label: Secco (Dry), Abboccato (Medium-Sweet), Amabile (Semi-Sweet) and Dolce (Sweet).

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