Definition of Chianti in English:


nounPlural chiantis, Plural Chiantis

mass noun
  • A dry red Italian wine produced in Tuscany.

    • ‘This is the great grape of Chianti, with flavors reminiscent of dried leaves, tea, even citrus.’
    • ‘Most of the wine labelled Chianti was in fact very poor; a messy blend of sangiovese and a handful of poor quality local grapes often including white wine varieties.’
    • ‘The wait for our food was no imposition, as we were fully equipped with large glasses of Chianti and Lirac, selected from an extensive wine list.’
    • ‘I've seen Chianti in other restaurants that stayed on the bar for 3 weeks.’
    • ‘But for duck with cherries, you should go for a light red Italian Bardolino or Chianti.’
    • ‘Things have moved on from a decade ago, when Lambrusco and the very worst sort of Chianti were staples of Italian wine.’
    • ‘After Chianti, Merlot is the next top selling red, followed by cabernet.’
    • ‘The Chianti Classico wines have led the trend in richer and better-balanced wines.’
    • ‘Sensing a losing battle, they began to study maps and guidebooks over a shared bottle of Chianti Classico.’
    • ‘This is a figure higher than France's Bordeaux or Italy's Chianti can command so they're obviously doing something very right.’
    • ‘A stylish waterside apartment, specially designed clothes, modern European cuisine and a cellar full of Chianti are just a few of the perks of this pampered menagerie.’
    • ‘Based on the Sangiovese grape, Chianti is normally a firm style of wine with a notable bitter edge, but plenty of ripe, cherry fruit and spicy, tobacco and herbal notes.’
    • ‘Made with the high-acidity Sangiovese grape, Chianti is one of few wines which will complement rich tomato sauces.’
    • ‘It began when the Grand Duchy of Tuscany laid down laws protecting the wines of Chianti in 1716.’
    • ‘If the wine comes from a well-known village in the Old World, such as Chianti, Burgundy or Rioja, the producer's name should always appear alongside it.’
    • ‘During his stay at an Italian hospital he charmed nurses and bribed porters into bringing him a steady stream of cognac, Cinzano vermouth, Marsala and Chianti.’
    • ‘Initially these new wines were seen as an attack on Italian pride in the ancient Chianti region of Tuscany.’
    • ‘In general, red and white wines keep for two to three days, although Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs, some Chiantis, and Cabernet Sauvignons hold up to a week.’
    • ‘Italian Chianti's are made with sangiovese grapes, and French Chablis are made from Chardonnay grapes.’
    • ‘When I started my reading and research on Italy, I only knew of Chianti, the deep red wine that comes in the bottle with the straw base.’


Named after the Chianti Mountains, Italy.