Chianti Classico Black Rooster is one of the most important wine producers, where about 600 wineries are registered. It had been established in 1924 in Radda in Chianti, thanks to a group of producers that founded a Consortium to preserve the quality of local wine.
Why a Black rooster?
As the legend has it, in medieval times, Florence and Siena were bitterly fighting for dominance. They decided to delimit the borders of their respective territories and, failing to find an agreement, decided to challenge. The challenge consisted of a gallop by two knights departing from their respective cities, and the point of their meeting would mark the border.
The Florentines did not give food to the rooster, so that it would sing before dawn, allowing the Florentine rider to go a long way more than the Sienese challenger. The two met at the castle of Fonterutoli, where the treaties were signed and the border between the two republics was fixed at Castellina, a few kilometers from Siena.
This is why the Black Rooster has become the symbol of the Chianti Classico Consortium. It is still present on all Chianti bottles produced since the 1920s to witness the authenticity of Chianti Classico wine.
Gallo Nero vs E. & J. Gallo Winery
The name “Black Rooster” has recently been the center of a legal battle involving an American winemaker, E. & J. Gallo Winery, and the Chianti Classico Consortium.
Since the 1940s, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo, powerful American winemakers, have been tried to imitate the brand of the Tuscan Consortium. This battle lasted many years without success for the American company.
Thus, in 1991 at the San Francisco court, the Gallo brothers challenged the Chianti Consortium, about use of the name “gallo”. Infact the word “rooster” is both the name of the family and Consortium. Finally, the E. & J. Gallo Winery won this battle and increased their wine production in USA.
Today, the Tuscan Consortium has completely changed its name into: Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, keeping the symbol of the most elegant, most proud and gritty black rooster ever.
It represents nearly 96% of DOCG production and it is one of the main representative of the grape-growing and winemaking in Italy and Europe.
The Chianti Classico territory is a wide area of 70.000 hectares between Siena and Florence.
Hotel Borgo Grondaie is the ideal location if you want to visit Chianti and its wineries. Infact it is located 2 km far from Siena city centre and only 3 kms away from the Chianti main road.
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