Chianti Classico is a DOCG protected appelation in Tuscany, central Italy. The more generic Chianti DOCG covers a large area of vineyard and has a somewhat tumultuous history with quality proving inconsistent and hard to regulate over a wide area. While many great wines can be found here, Chianti Classico was established to demarcate the original Chianti zone, dating back to 1716, and which it is believed offers the ideal growing conditions for Sangiovese. In order for the wines to qualify as the superior Classico, they are also tasted and assessed by the local Consorzio and those wines not up to scratch are designated as straight Chianti. The most elegant wines tend to come from higher altitude sites around villages such as Radda and Castellina.