- Fortezza Dei Colli Chianti Classico Reserva, by Lidl, won a prestigious award.
- It took home one of only 14 Gold awards at the International Wine Challenge.
A £6.99 ($9.45) Chianti from grocery store Lidl has been ranked among the best wines in the world — even beating out wines costing over twice the price.
The Fortezza Dei Colli Chianti Classico Reserva took home one of only 14 Gold awards at this year’s International Wine Challenge, the “Oscars of the wine world” where a total of 391 medals were dished out.
It was blind-tasted alongside other Chianti Classico wines, which can retail for closer to £30 ($40.50) or even £45 ($60.75), but came out on top.
It was also the lowest-priced 75cl supermarket wine to win a Gold in the competition.
This isn’t the first time a budget retailer has received attention for stocking a top wine at a reasonable price.
Meanwhile, in May, Aldi’s £5.99 bottle of rosé was ranked among the best wines in the world.
The Fortezza Dei Colli Chianti Classico Reserva is “a full-bodied dry red with mature, fruitcake-scented flavours,” according to Lidl.
“The wine is deliciously versatile, working well with roast Turkey, steak or pork chops.”
In other words, it’s the perfect wine for your Christmas dinner.
Paul Gibson, Buying Director at Lidl UK, said: “The fact that our Chianti Classico Riserva was the lowest-priced supermarket wine to win Gold means our customers can be assured that amazing wines don’t have to break the bank, at Christmas time and beyond.”