July 21, 2023 by
Maytte Rivera

Classico is an Italian term referring to the historic, original center of a wine region.  The wines produced in the “classic” areas can have stricter requirements in terms of ageing time, minimum percentage used of specific grapes and minimum alcohol content, among others.  There are 20 delimited regions in Italy, and not all of them contain a “classic” denomination. Some of the most famous are Chianti Classico in Toscana, Amarone Classico in Veneto, and Castelli di Jesi Classico in Le Marche. 

The grapes used in the classico areas vary depending on the region.  For example, in San Felice Chianti Classico the main grape is Sangiovese while in a Speri Amarone Classico it is the local Corvina.  Bucci Castelli di Jesi Classico uses the white grape Verdicchio and Soave Classico the native white Garganega. Pair a bottle of these with classic Italian dishes from each region for a true Italian experience.

Author: Maytte Rivera

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