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Chianti Classico Consortia back together again

Published:  23 July, 2008

On 6 May 2005, the assemblies of the two Chianti Classico consortia formally agreed to join forces again after being split for 18 years.

In 1987, after numerous major producers, including Antinori, expressed their unwillingness to continue supporting its promotional activities, the Consortium was divided into the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, responsible for technical, viticultural and legal matters, and the Consorzio Gallo Nero, dispenser of the famous black rooster insignia and responsible for press and the public.

With this decision it is back to being just one big happy family, with all producers of Chianti Classico being obliged to sport the black rooster on the DOCG sticker on their bottleneck.

The fact that the law had recently changed to make the consortium the state's sole representative in the dispensing of the DOCG qualification had of course no bearing on the decision by the many go-it-aloners to rejoin the fold.

The Chianti Classico Consortium now consists of 600 associates with an annual combined production of 260,000hl of wine and a turnover of half a billion euros. With such a structure, Chianti Classico can now regard the challenges of the market and the future with greater confidence,' said the organisation.