Origins of the name Chianti
The origins of the name Chianti aren’t certain. According to some versions of history, the name could come from Latin for clangor, or noise, from the sound of the hunt that rang throughout the forests that once covered the entire territory. Other versions say that it comes from the Etruscan word clante, or water, as the area has always been rich in water sources, but also name of an Etruscan family of the territory.
Already from these possible origins, one can intuit the richness and fertility of the Chianti area, with its mild climate and verdant flora and fauna, creating a territory well-adapted to inhabitation since the second millennium BC.