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The small producers of Chianti Classico perhaps are following the debate about possible zonation of Chianti Classico more closely than others.

WeChianti had a conversation with one of the small producers, Lorenzo Sieni, from the Montefioralle winery.

Lorenzo, how does a small wine producer like you evaluate the hypothesis of the zonation of Chianti Classico?

“We definitely agree with the concept. We only hope that the application is made with criteria and that it can actually be an instrument with which to develop the terroir”.


In Montefioralle, like in Panzano and Lamole, producers are carrying out a job of “zonazione volontaria” (volontary zonation). What are the results according to you?

“I think that the job done by the three cited associations contributed to create a strong identity of the three subzones of the township of Greve in Chianti. The activities of the various wine growing associations brought to light the unusual and distinctive characteristics of each zone, for example the concentration and strength of Chianti Classico in Panzano (especially in regards to the part that faces the Conca d’Oro), the elegance and fineness of those from Lamole, the splendid tannic web and floral scents of those from Montefioralle. In addition to the search for a distinct character in wines, the structure of voluntary associations allowed the various wine growers to establish a network of solid collaboration and to follow important objectives together; for example, the tendency to create a bio district and therefore force all of the members to convert to organic”.


For the point of view of a moderately educated wine consumer, cvould this operation bring additional value?

“Absolutely yes! Being aware that dominations like that of Chianti Classico are made up of many shadings and different interpretations, render it richer and more interesting”.

You are also involved in the “Fisar world”: seen from the point of view of wine tasting, what is the identity of Chianti Classico in the glass today?

“I think I am giving the opinions of many by saying that the identity of Chianti Classico today is always more tied to sangiovese and autochtonous vines and to the moderate use of wood and the rediscovery of an authentic interpretation of the territory, without having to chase after international tastes. Rather, we are trying to educate people with our identity”.


Matteo Pucci