The U.S. premiere of Chianti Classico’s new top tier wine, Gran Selezione, drew an exceptional audience of trade and media recently to the Metropolitan Pavilion.
The new wine category is a result of a radical revamping of the historic Tuscan DOCG. Until now, there were two quality types: the Annata (year’s vintage) and Riserva wines. The Gran Selezione, which crests above these categories, accounts for just 10% of Chianti Classico production and is expected to value at 70 to 100 million euros.
“We are uniquely updating a 300-year history of great passion and great success to further advance the territory in Italy and in international markets.” says Sergio Zingarelli, president of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium.
This event in New York follows the successful world launch in Florence at the former papal palace, Palazzo Corsini. The next stop for Gran Selezione on their world tour are the major Asian countries of China, South Korea and Japan in the Fall.
Gran Selezione wineries included in the tour were :