Italian Food Secrets invites you to celebrate and to share with all your contacts this anniversary!
A Really Special anniversary because the Chianti Classico wine is the preferred one of the two founders of Italian Food Secrets (Andrew B.) This is why we decided to write up this article, mixing
info and tips with the possibility to download the Magazine of the Consortium that also speaks of the anniversary.


But we deepen this prestigious goal of the Black Rooster in 2016 it celebrates three hundred years of history!
300 years ago a contract was drawn up by the Grand Duke Cosimo III de ‘Medici, who stared at him for the first time the boundaries of the production area of ​​the Chianti Classico wine.
In 1716 it was then defined the boundaries of the territories that already at that time were particularly suitable for the production of high quality wines.

To celebrate this milestone definitely proud and full of responsibility who works every day with passion and commitment on one of the best-known wine brands in the world and we at Italian Food Secrets
we are sure that all of Tuscany and the whole of Italy are enthusiastic to enclose in their territories this product synonymous with excellence recognized on all continents.

For lovers of celebrations date to open a bottle in honor of the history of the Chianti Classico is September 24 is in fact on that day in 1716 that the notice was drafted.
Un’altre two important dates are August 5, 1996 important date for this wine, as it establishes its independence from generic Chianti with a specific discipline.
Last update is rather dated September 30, 2011 date referenced in our article on the Chianti Classico.

The call was called “On the Declaration of ‘Boundaries of the four regions of Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano and Vald’Arno di Sopra”, in which the largest area was represented by the very territory between the cities of Florence and Siena which was born the wines Chianti (Chianti Classico today).

bando-chianticlassicoA territory which even then was a great success, so as to create, in the mind of visionary Grand Duke, the idea to protect and safeguard it. Whereas the actual concept of “designation” arises only in ‘900, to think that someone 300 years ago, had the idea to formalize the success of this particular marriage between man and nature-product-territory, does something.
There are indeed other areas that can boast a similar story, there are other wines that can bind to this story, if not the “cousins” of Carmignano, Pomino and Valdarno di Sopra, whose territories are included also in notice of Cosimo III.

The legend of the Black Rooster

The Black Rooster in gold field is the historic symbol of Chianti Classico. The choice of the symbol is above all due to what it represents in terms of history and popular tradition.
The legend of the Black Rooster dates back to the Middle Ages. His experience in practice marked the political unity of the entire Chianti region, because it was the behavior of a black cock to decide their destiny.


Legend has it that in the medieval period, when the republics of Florence and Siena fought bitterly to prevail over one another, the Chianti area, because the intermediate to the two cities, it was the subject of almost continuous disputes. To put an end to disputes and establish a final border, it was adopted as a bizarre singular system. It was agreed to start by their respective capitals and two knights to set the border in their meeting point. The departure was to take place at dawn and the start signal was given by the crowing of the cock. Decision, the latter, in line with the customs of the time, even when the daily rhythms were marked by natural mechanisms. In preparation for the event it should therefore be decisive choice of the rooster, more than that of the horse and rider. The Sienese they chose a white one, while the Florentines opted for one black, who held closed and almost starved for many days in a small, dark cage, so as to make him into a strong state of exasperation.
On the fateful day of departure, as soon as it was removed from the cage, the black rooster began to sing strongly although the dawn was still far away. His hand then allowed the rider to Florence to leave immediately and with great advantage of the Sienese, who had to wait until the first light of day, when her rooster, singing regularly, allowed him to leave. But given the substantial delay that had built up over its antagonist, the Sienese Knight walked only twelve kilometers in solitude, because in Fonterutoli met another rider.
So it was that almost all of Chianti came under the control of the Florentine republic, long before the fall of Siena itself.
After this incident, the Black Rooster became the symbol of the League of Chianti, in the Florentine state, had administrative and military defense of the territory.
Given its political significance, it was also depicted in the Salone del Cinquecento, in a famous fresco by Vasari, when in the mid-sixteenth century the distinguished painter and architect, was called to renovate the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.


Aware of the importance of this goal, the Chianti Classico Consortium, to celebrate what could be called his three-hundredth birthday, she is planning a program of activities and events that will take place throughout 2016.
All the initiatives of the “three-hundredth” will be marked by a logo created for the occasion: a kind of visual identification can synthesize the 300th anniversary of Chianti Classico in a clean, instantly and at the same time a strong impact, which plays with the two dates that mark the starting point and the end point of the name, even the claim that accompanies expresses simply a concept of great importance, that tells the world such as Chianti Classico is “The first area of ​​Wine” .
The culmination of the celebrations will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, the day of signature of the contract, in two locations in the city of Florence, symbol of art and culture, past and present:
The first is the Hall of the 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio, where the shadow of the Black Rooster Vasari will be told an audience of press and national and international history of Chianti Classico, the second is the new Opera House that will greet 300 with a concert dedicated to the Chianti Classico.
For those who do not want to wait for September 24, the Consortium is organizing an exhibition telling the story of the Chianti Classico that will enrich and complement the exhibition “Feeling Chianti Classico”, already set up in the museum spaces of the Convent of Radda in Chianti Classico House . It ‘was released a new museum narrative that will develop on two main tracks: the first focus will be in the Tuscan territory, with its wine, its characters and its context wine; in the second, it will be highlighted the history of the world, that is what happened at the same time the rest of the world.
All this is illustrated with info-graphics panels interspersed with interactive installations and holograms of historical figures. Besides the exhibition, which will be presented for the first time in the event Chianti Classico Collection February 15th at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, the Consortium is planning to customize even the Chianti region with the installation of silhouettes of Black Roosters high 3 meters that will be placed in particular areas and highly visible in all municipalities of the Chianti Classico, in particular squares and roundabouts.

Special suggestions from Italian Food Secrets

Here are our tips to finally be able to live a weekend in Tuscany enogastronomy territory.
In the third weekend of September in Panzano in Chianti is held every year the festival: VINO AL VINO  on this occasion you will learn and enjoy the now legendary Chianti Classico considered that this event brings together over 20 wineries and then to make matters worse panzano reside in the butcher and restaurants of the most famous butcher in Italy and the world famous Dario Cecchini to be an expert reference, an authority in the field of food especially meat below we see the plaque affixed to the entrance of her butcher in honor of the Florentine steak.



To keep up to date and check the calendar of events related to this great wine you can visit the site of the consortium at this link:

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