A 15 hectare self-sufficient farm that producers some lovely, hand crafted Tuscan wines. This wine is named after the fortified medieval farmhouse on the property. They make modern styled wines with lots of fruit, hints of oak and a fair bit of yumminess.
100% Sangiovese harvested as late as possible and matured for 16 months in French Oak. This is a ripe, powerful and impressive Chianti. Dark fruits, chocolate, oak are all supported by more savoury notes underneath. Despite the ripeness there is still the lovely Sangio acid and tannin. This wine is more than a match for roast meats.
Sangiovese – Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.
Chianti – Italy’s most famous wine region. Beautiful lightly wooded rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees. A great amount of wine is made in this large region with varying quality. Careful selection means you’ll find the some of the world’s most stunning Sangiovese based wines.
Central Italy – 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 magically 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.