September 2, 909: On this day, the Cluny Abbey was built. Located in Cluny, Saône-et-Loire, France, Cluny Abbey was formerly a Benedictine monastery. From the early fourth until the middle of the twelfth century, three churches were erected successively at the abbey in the Romanesque architectural style. Wine production and consumption were significantly influenced by the church prior to the French Revolution. Wine was widely grown in that period for both church usage and to quench the thirst of the surrounding people. Cluny was no exception; in fact, four Popes and three Saints were born at the Abbey in Cluny. According to The Burgundy Blog, the Abbey was allegedly consuming the equivalent of around 150,000 wine bottles every year in 1321 as part of its regular activities.

September 2, 2020: On this day, Santa Margherita established National Chianti Day to honor this much-loved but seldom-understood Tuscan wine. The holiday is currently observed on the first Friday of every September.

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