As most of you know, Chianti wine Bottles is famous in the region of Tuscany. The criteria for a Chianti wine are very strict. At least 80% Sangiovese grape, grown in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
Chianti wine history
Have you ever noticed that some bottles of Chianti have a big black rooster on them? Well, the story of how that came to be is slightly less serious than the criteria for Chianti wine…
Chianti wine has been around for centuries. And way back in the day during medieval times. There was a big feud going on about the borders between Florence and Siena (precisely where part of the Chianti region lies). So, how did the two cities resolve this feud and establish legitimate agreed upon borders? If you haven’t already guessed, it has something to do with a black rooster!
Wine border in Tuscany
The 2 cities decided that the only fair way to decide the law of the land was to have a horse race (duh). They agreed that one citizen from Siena and one citizen from Florence would each depart. On a horse from their town at daybreak and wherever. They met in the middle would become the new legal border for the 2 cities.
Florence and Chianti
We all have problems waking up when our alarm goes off. This was before cell phones and alarm clocks even existed (can you even imagine?!). So in order to ensure that both riders woke up in time for the race, they relied on roosters as nature’s natural alarm clock. Siena had a white rooster that they overfed in the hopes that he would be so hungry that he would wake up even earlier and start crying for food. The Florentines, on the other hand, went in a different direction. They picked a black rooster and starved it so that it would be cranky and wake up early.
Siena part of Chianti?
Turns out that Siena’s lazy fat rooster woke up much later than the poor starved black rooster (those resourceful but cruel Florentines!) in Florence. So the Florentines got a head start! In the end, the Florentine rider was able to arrive much closer to the borders of Siena and ended up conquering much more land closer to Siena.
Over 8oo years after the race, the area of Chianti between Florence and Siena are known as the Chianti Classico region is represented by that famous hungry black rooster.0