February 21, 2024 by
Maytte Rivera

A fiasco, or flask, is a traditional Italian wine bottle that has a round body covered by a straw basket.  It is believed that its origin dates back to the 14th century in Tuscany, when glass was expensive and difficult to find, and creating a round bottle was easier in terms of workmanship and less costly.  The straw covering protected the thin glass from breakage and the wine from sun damage, as well as providing a flat surface for the bottom of the bottle.  The fiasco became a symbol of the region of Chianti, and it still is to this day!

Castello Banfi preserves this tradition with their Bell’agio Chianti, a red wine made of Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero, Trebbiano and Malvasia, and packaged in the traditional fiasco bottle.

Author: Maytte Rivera

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