Grape Risotto with Chianti Rufina wine

Chianti Rufina arrives in Florence Chianti Rufina arrives in Florence © Copyright Jackie Green

This part of Tuscany is north east of Florence and sits snugly in the Apennines before Emilia Romagna and the Po Valley.

We have a book of local recipes but this risotto recipe with grapes and red wine caught the eye.



1 onion, butter, 320g rice, 1/2 glass Chianti Rufina wine, 100g parmesan cheese, ripe Sangiovese or Canaiolo grapes, vine leaves,

making it

Fry a chopped onion in butter until the pieces turn a light brown color.

Immediately add all the rice to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes to coat the rice well.

Pour over the mixture a glass of the red wine and allow the rice to cook.

Remove from the heat and mix in a further amount of butter (20g), the parmesan cheese and the (very) ripe grapes.

Serve straight away with a garnish of vine leaves.

The secret is to use a young Chianti Rufina. Why?

Because the older stuff should be saved for quaffing.

Additional Info

  • Conversion Table: 1 lb (16oz) = 450 gr; 1/2 lb (8oz) = 225gr 1oz = 25gr; 1kg = 2lb 3oz; 500gr = 1lb 3oz; 250gr = 9oz; 100gr = 3.5oz; 1 teaspoon = 0.33 fl oz; 1 cup = 0.5 pints (8fl oz); 1 litre = 35 fl oz
If you are looking for a genuine Chianti wine experience close to Florence, then get in touch with Azienda Agricola Colognole based near Rufina. Offering both accommodation and boasting a restaurant, this working wine estate has been in the family of the Conti Spalletti for over a century. Their guided…
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