"Amore e Follia"IGT Rosso Toscana2018
Podere Le Ripi
It was 1998 when Francesco Illy, internationally known for the quality of the coffee produced by his family, bought a farm called Le Ripi, until then inhabited by a shepherd and his flock. An uncontaminated place, characterized by fertile soil and wonderful biodiversity. Difficult to describe in words the beauty of the landscape.
Francesco has an artistic vision of life, but above all he has a vision. He therefore decided to surround himself with a young, dreamy and enthusiastic team, led by the winemaker and managing director Sebastian Nasello and the agronomist Alessandro Riccò.
The design of the wine cellar built according to organic principles, the biodynamic management of the vineyards, the attention to eco-sustainability, the constant research that actively involves all members, experiments such as the famous 'bonsai' vineyard, and the whimsical character of which Francesco Illy has been able to permeate the environment, making Podere Le Ripi one of the most avant-garde Italian companies at an international level.
Total area planted with vines: 33 hectares / 77 acres
Annual production of the company: 70.000 bottles
Grapes owned by the winery: 100%
"Black Label"IGP Colli della Toscana Centrale 2014
When, at the end of the 1970s, the Florentine accountant Vincenzo D’Istanto decided to buy a farm located in the municipality of Barberino Val d’Elsa, he immediately understood the uniqueness of that place with its particular pedoclimatic characteristics. The name Balzini seems to derive from the definition 'cliff', referring to natural geological conformations typical of sandstone and clayey sediments eroded by atmospheric elements. It seems that 'balzine' was the definition attributed locally to these natural terraces where vines and olive trees grow today.
In 1980 the first Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards were planted. Right from the start, the intention was to obtain products that stood out from the typical products of the area, in order to exploit the geological characteristics of the land. The choice was not to produce Chianti wines, but to encourage the production of IGT or Super Tuscan wines, which in those years were having increasing success internationally. The first wine, White Label, was born with the 1987 harvest under the direction of the great Italian wine connoisseur Giulio Gambelli.
Today the company is run by the owner's wife and daughter, Antonella and Diana, as evidence of the fact that wine is an increasingly female universe.
Total area planted with vines: 7 hectares/ 17 acres
Average annual production of the winery: 30.000 bottles
Grapes owned by the winery: 100%
"Bonsai"IGT Rosso Toscana2016
Total area planted with vines: 33 hectares / 77 acres
"Boscarelli"IGT Rosso Toscana2015
Boscarelli is a small winery placed in Cervognano, a hamlet located on the eastern side of the Montepulciano hill. The farms were bought in 1962 by Egidio Corradi. Production was started and modernized later by her daughter Paola Corradi and her husband Ippolito de Ferrari, who decided to replant most of the vineyards in the late 1980s. Today the brothers Luca and Nicolò De Ferrari, the third generation, manage the company with great passion and wine making knowledge. The great attention to agricultural practices and territoriality make Boscarelli a modern company but not unmindful of the centuries-old tradition of this area.
Total area planted with vines: 14 hectares / 35 acres
Annual production of the company: 100.000 bottles
"Conca d'Oro - Cabernet Sauvignon"IGT Rosso Toscana2013
The Renzo Marinai farm is located in an old farmhouse complex called San Martino a Cecione. The oldest part of the structure dates back to 1163 AD. and it was a watchtower that the Florentine army had erected to defend the area. In fact, the estate is located on one of the highest parts of the Panzano in Chianti area, from which it dominates the beautiful valley called Conca d’Oro (The Golden Shell). The name seems to derive from the golden color of the ripe wheat. This was one of the very few valleys in Chianti, the soil of which is mostly poor and stony, that was suitable for the production of cereals. Today the estate covers 30 hectares of land of which only 6 are planted with vineyards, 13 with olive groves and the rest is covered by natural oak woods.
Renzo Marinai managed to buy the farm in 1996 and immediately started organic management of the fields, leading the way for a movement called ‘Viticoltori di Panzano’ that has been growing in the years. Today it is the largest Italian bio-district and it includes almost all the wineries of the area.
When visiting the company there are two things that are very striking. The first is the word 'LOVE' (inspired by Masaru Emoto's experiments) which stands out on the highest part of the vineyards, placed there precisely to infuse positive vibrations to the soil and plants. The second is instead the music of Mozart, constantly diffused in the aging cellar. Specifically, the arias of the composer whose meter is built on the golden succession of the Pisan mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. According to some studies, the vibrations produced by these arias by the Austrian composer would favor the development of many natural processes.
The last curiosity is linked to the production of wheat, the ancient Senator Cappelli variety, in full respect of the tradition of the Conca d’Oro valley.
Total area planted with vines: 8 hectares/ 20 acres
Average annual production of the winery: 32.000 bottles
"Guerrante"IGT Rosso Toscana2009
The Renzo Marinai farm is located in an old farmhouse complex called San Martino a Cecione. The oldest part of the structure dates back to 1163 AD. and it was a watchtower that the Florentine army had erected to defend the area. In fact, the estate is located on one of the highest parts of the Panzano in Chianti area, from which it dominates the beautiful valley called Conca d’Oro (The Golden Shell). The name seems to derive from the golden color of the ripe wheat. This was one of the very few valleys in Chianti, the soil of which is mostly poor and stony, that was suitable for the production of cereals. Today the estate covers 30 hectares of land of which only 8 are planted with vineyards, 13 with olive groves and the rest is covered by natural oak woods.
Total area planted with vines: 8 hectares / 20 acres
"I Tre Borri"IGT Rosso Toscana2017
Corzano e Paterno
The farm Corzano and Paterno extends over two hundred hectares of land of which only eighteen are planted with vines. The rest is divided into olive groves, pastures and natural oak forests.
The property consists of two separate farmhouse complexes, called Corzano and Paterno, which were purchased by the Swiss architect Wndelin Gelpke between 1971 and 1976 by the descendants of the Niccolini, a noble Florentine family. Forced to sell the estate, they asked the family friend Gelpke for advice, who offered to buy it himself to protect it from the advent of possible speculators. The architect undertook to leave the structures intact and so he did. The complexes were in fact restructured but in a respectful way. After that Gelpke moved there with several members of his family. Everyone was able to assume their role within the farm which today produces wines, olive oil and pecorino cheeses (sheep milk) of the highest quality.
Today the production of Corzano and Paterno is internationally recognized. In fact, many of the best restaurants in Europe serve the farm's products on their tables.
Total area planted with vines: 18 hectares / 45 acres
Average annual production of the company: 80.000 bottles
"Il Corzano"IGT Rosso Toscana2017
The Corzano and Paterno farm extends over two hundred hectares of land of which only eighteen are planted with vines. The rest is divided into olive groves, pastures and natural oak forests.
"Kadar" IGT Rosso Toscana 2016
"La Gioia"IGT Rosso Toscana2017
Riecine was an old farm belonging to the nearby monastery of Badia a Coltibuono, on the imposing hills of Gaiole in Chianti. There are some documents dating back to 1112 AD that prove its existence. However it is a shared opinion that the origin of the estate dates back to the Etruscan era as it is located near the excavations of an ancient settlement. It is thought that this area has been devoted to wine production since that time.
The current Riecine was founded thanks to the foresight of an English gentleman called John Dunkley and his wife Palmina Abbagnano, who had the intuition to buy the farm and a plot of land in 1971. The first vintage released on the market was 1975. Until in those years Chianti had the reputation of being nothing more than a good table wine. John and Palmina were among the pioneers of the production of a high quality Sangiovese-based wine in the Chianti Classico area. The phrase attributed to him is famous: “When Baron Philippe de Rothschild will plant Sangiovese, I will convert myself to Cabernet Sauvignon”. All of us owe a lot to them and to Riecine, for having laid the ideological foundations for the enhancement of a territory and its vine, at a time when this concept was not yet in use.
Today Riecine belongs to Lana Frank’s family and is managed with energy and creativity by the young winemaker Alessandro Campatelli. He has been able to find a meeting point between modernity and tradition.
Total area planted with vines: 22 hectares – 55 acres
Average annual production of the winery: 96.000 bottles
"Ommio - Merlot"IGT Rosso Toscana2016
Molino di Sant'Antimo
The Molino di Sant’Antimo farm was born thanks to the dream of Carlo Vittori. By profession an architect, in the early 1980s he began designing cellars in the Montalcino area. The passion for wine led him to transform his profession, becoming general manager of several renowned wineries. However, the desire to give birth to a creature of his own led him to search for land at affordable costs that belonged to the area of the Brunello certification. At the beginning of the 90s Carlo, together with his wife Susanna, had the opportunity to buy two abandoned farms on the south-western side of the hill. The first, sold by the noble Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona family, was an ancient mill located near the ancient Abbey of Sant’Antimo, an enchanted place that lies in the valley dominated by the medieval village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. The second was an old farm with uncultivated fields, where spontaneous vegetation had by now taken over. It was there that the farm was built, but it took its name from the old mill. Carlo and Susanna gradually began to plant vineyards, while they carried out the renovation works. At the turn of the millennia, the cellar was inaugurated and the first wines were bottled. Meanwhile the whole family began to feel involved in the project. Already during the years of study, the daughters Giulia and Valeria participated in the most important moments such as the harvest and events. In 2010 the eldest daughter Giulia officially took over the commercial part while in 2013 her younger sister Valeria, after having obtained a degree in oenology, took charge of the production part. Molino di Sant'Antimo is a young company with clear ideas, which has been able to find an outlet in an environment, that of Montalcino, already occupied by established companies over time.
Total area planted with vines: 11 hectares / 27 acres
Average annual production of the winery: 70.000 bottles
“Donna Flavia”IGT Rosso Toscana2017
The Cappellasantandrea farm was bought by Giovanni Leoncini in the 1950s. The cellar was built in the 1990s. In those years the ancient sharecropping system was dying out and farms were being sold or transformed into farms. It was when Giovanni and his daughter Antonella decided to implement the production and build a new cellar.
Today his niece Flavia and her husband Francesco manage the farm with love and wisdom. Together they made the decision to convert the production to organic farming and even reintroduced farm animals, thus stimulating the vitality of the land thanks to closed-cycle fertilization. The farm in some respects seems to have gone back in time to when it was simply a sharecropping farm.
Cappellasantandrea’s wines are today among the most popular in the area, precisely because the company has been able to combine a certain innovation with respect for tradition.
Total area planted with vines: 7,5 hectares
Average annual production of the winery: 40.000 bottles
“Memores”IGT Rosso Toscana2015
Setriolo is one of the smallest farms in the Chianti Classico wine area. Located on the hills of Castellina in Chianti and entirely surrounded by natural woods that create a natural habitat for vines and olive trees. The farm was purchased in 1989 by Gianfranco Soderi. Native to Castellina but emigrated as a young man for work needs, first to Spain and then to Venezuela. Once retired he managed to fulfill the dream of returning to live in his beloved hills. Today it is the daughter Susanna who tirelessly pursues her father's project, who unfortunately passed away in 2003.
The company logo is a centuries-old olive tree, one of the few in the area to have survived the frost that in 1985 wiped out about 80% of Tuscan olive trees. When, between 1999 and 2005, it was decided to replant the vineyards, some rows were interrupted precisely to make room for the 'wisdom' of this natural monument. This, among other things, symbolizes the great love for nature and respect for the tradition that Susanna and her mother cultivate in this little corner of paradise.
Total area planted with vines: 3,5 hectares / 8,6 acres
Average annual production of the company: 15,000 bottles
“Riecine”IGT Rosso Toscana2017
Total area planted with vines: 22 hectares / 55 acres
Average annual production of the company: 96.000 bottles
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“TreSette”IGT Rosso Toscana2017
'Ventisei - Pinot Noir' IGT Rosso Toscana 2016
Il Rio is a farmhouse belonging to a group of historic farms once owned by Fattoria di Molezzano. Located in the municipality of Vicchio di Mugello, on the slopes of the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, it now houses the winery and the residence of the owners Paolo Cerrini and Manuela Villimburgo.
At the end of the 80s they faced together a radical lifestyle change. Manuela, of Roman origins, journalist by profession, had already moved to Florence for some years. This was the city where she met Paolo, who worked as a goldsmith and was much appreciated both locally and abroad. It even seems that Paolo had repeatedly declined a job proposal in Paris by the Cartier group.
The desire to produce wine for their own consumption led the couple, in the early 90s, to plant the first 350 vines. The humility led them to ask for advice to some friends experts in enology, who insisted that they planted three "international" varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, although they were generally accustomed to very different climatic conditions from those of Tuscany.
However, the clay soil, which suggested the use of not too vigorous rootstocks, in order to favor the complete maturation of the grapes, and the continental and rigid climate, with a strong temperature range between day and night (in pre harvest about 44 - 82° F), have proved over time to be the source of aromas and elegance.
The work of Paolo and Manuela is concentrated almost exclusively in the vineyard. The fertilization is limited to the occasional sprinkling of manure and to the cutting of the wild herbs. The technique used is Guyot, inspired by the Burgundian method, with the arrangement of the foliage on two walls (modified Lyra) so as to have a double irradiation surface that favors the synthesis of sugars, keeping the bunches away from the too intense rays of sun.
These measures allow the couple to bring to their cellar a well-ripe grape, but fresh and crisp, which does not need too invasive interventions in order to become high quality wine.
Total area planted with vines: 6 hectares / 15 acres
Average annual production of the winery: 18.000 bottles
Grapes owned by the winery: 100%
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