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DOCG area for red wine in the Italian region of Tuscany. This wine, which is one level higher than "normal" Chianti, comes from the classic zone defined back in 1716 by Grand Duke Cosimo III (1642-1723) of the Medici family, although it was much smaller at the time. In 1932, further areas and municipalities were added to complete the current area. The densely wooded area covers 70,000 hectares, but only 7,000 hectares are used for viticulture. The suburbs of Florence form the border to the north, the Chianti mountains to the east, the Pesa and Elsa rivers to the west and Siena to the south. The "Via Chiantigiana" wine route, which is around 70 kilometres long, connects the two cities of Florence and Siena. The area includes the municipalities of Castellina, Gaiole, Greve and Radda in their entirety, as well as the municipalities of Barberino Val d'Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi, San Casciano and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa in part. There is also a separate DOC area for the sweet wine Vin Santo del Chianti Classico.

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