The Black Rooster -
The symbol of Chianti Classico!
The story behind this "black rooster" and its placement on labels of Chianti Classico is the stuff that makes legends…
- heard from the poised accent of an Italian winemaker -
So….once upon a time in the middle ages, the republics of the two Tuscan cities, Florence and Siena were fiercely battling for territory and constructed a bizarre solution to settle the continuous conflict.
One knight was chosen from each city to depart from their respective cities when they heard the cock crow to establish the border where they would meet.
The Florentines chose a black rooster who they kept in a dark pen for days and never fed him and the citizens of Siena chose a beautiful white rooster.
The black rooster was so hungry he started to crow before sunrise, so the knight from Florence got a head start first and met the knight of Siena in Fonterutoli, which was only 7 kilometers from Siena, thus rendering all of the Chianti territory under the rule of the Florentine Republic
Since the beginning of the 14th century, the Black Rooster profile has represented the emblem of the historic Chianti League. The Consortium has selected this seven year old century symbol as a certification of its wines.
Another interesting fact, the artist Giorgio Vasari painted the Black
Rooster on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, as an
allegorical representation of the Chianti region.