Situated on the Southern border of the Chianti Classico Region. Expect Sangiovese with more muscle, weight, and tannins compared to the North. Dark/red clay, with a layer of schist, and slightly warmer temperature helps define this style. Currently owned by brother and sister: Filippo and Gioia Cresti, the Estate has been in the family since the 1960s. They have 20 hectares in total – mostly within Castelnuovo Berardenga but with a small parcel
of land in the zone of Colli Senesi which hugs the southern border of the Classico zone. They are organically certified and use indigenous yeasts for all ferments.
2015 is a remarkably good vintage for Chianti. Therefore you should buy yourself some before it disappears.
Cultivated from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. You see a wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions. Therefore the variety represents easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to world benchmarks. The best regions include Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.
Chianti Classico DOCG
Italy’s most famous wine region. Beautiful lightly wooded rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees. The reds from Chianti Classico received its greatest boost in quality from being awarded the much more stringent DOCG rating.
When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Beyond Tuscany, there are the magical places of Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Umbria. Each place has its own history and personality that really deserve a night of their own. Better still, a few nights in situ.