The Black Rooster is the historic symbol of Chianti. Is the trademark for wine from the Chianti Classico consortium that brings together manufacturers.
The origin of this symbol comes from an old legend. It is said that at the time of the struggles medieval, Florence and Siena were always been at war for the possession of this precious corner of Tuscany and both tired of bloody battles, they decided to settle the issue with a singular arbitration.
The two cities decided to entrust the definition of the border to a test between two knights, one with the colors of Florence and one with the colors of Siena. The Fiorentino-Senese border will be fixed at the point where the two knights met, starting at dawn, when the cock crows. The Senese chose a white cock and full of food, convinced that this was going to sing at dawn stronger, while the Fiorentini chose a black rooster who left without food. On the day of the test, the black cock Florentine bitten by hunger, began to sing even before the sun had risen, while the white, Siena, was still asleep blessed because still sated.
The Florentine knight, at the signal, immediately began to gallop, while his colleague Siena had to wait much longer before the other rooster decide to sing. The result of the peaceful duel was that the two knights met only 12 km from the walls of Siena and so the Florentine Republic was able to annex a great part of the land of Chianti.