Tuscany is worldwide known for its wines and their quality. The two which stand out are Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. However, many tourists find themselves torn when choosing which wine to take home.
Chianti Classico or Brunello? Here’s the main differences between them.
WHERE THEY ARE MADE
Chianti Classico: this wine is made in the area between the Southern part of Florence and the Northern part of Siena. The production flourishes thanks to the favorable weather.
Brunello: it is a red wine categorized under the DOCG label and it is made in Montalcino (Siena).
Chianti Classico: it is a clear ruby-red wine. Its smell generally has floral undertones; however some reserves have spicy and balsamic tones. The flavor is harmonic.
Brunello: it has a deep ruby red color, its smell has geranium, cherries and spicy undertones. The flavor is harmonic and warm.
Chianti Classico: the soil and geography of the Chianti region can be quite varied, with altitudes ranging from 250 to 610m and rolling hills. Every step of the production of the finished product must be done in the DOCG area.
Brunello: vineyards must be on hills with an altitude of maximum 600mt. Brunello must be stored for at least two years in durmast containers and bottled for four months.
Chianti Classico: it goes with almost every dish, but it pairs very well with roasts, chicken and Pecorino cheese. You should serve it at a temperature of 16-18 °C.
Brunello: the best combination is Brunello with either meat or cheese. It also pairs well with international dishes featuring meat and sauces.
Now it’s up to you to choose which wine you prefer!
Hotel Borgo Grondaie is located in a perfect position to visit both the Chianti region and Montalcino. Many wine- producing companies will give you the opportunity to do a wine tasting.
We hope to see you soon!
Edited by Hotel Borgo Grondaie