The first legal documents that refer to Chianti as a wine produced in this area date back to 1398.
Chianti is the first Italian vinicultural zone defined and delimited by law under the works of Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici in 1716.
The current boarders were determined in 1932 by ministerial decree. If Sangiovese is the areas historic vine for quality production, in recent years the Chianti Classico area has also proven to be the ideal habitat for international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which often round out the blend.
In the heart of this unique territory with centuries of tradition sits Castellina in Chianti, where Banfi manages 100 acres of specialized vineyard which bequeaths wines that bring together structure, elegance, and typical Tuscan personality.