About This Wine...
For almost one thousand years the name of Badia a Coltibuono has been linked to the production of high-quality wines. The estate is situated on the highest hills of the Chianti region, in the district of Gaiole in Chianti from where it overlooks the Arno valley to the east and a large part of the Chianti territory to the south west towards Monti in Chianti, where the estate vineyards are to be found. During the course of the 19th century, the former monastery was transformed into a wine estate and today, surrounded by age-old forests, it has become of the most interesting enterprises in rural Tuscany. The main grape variety grown is Sangiovese, 85%, and the remaining 15% consists of complementary varieties. Three hectares have been devoted to the production of Vin Santo del Chianti Classico and planted with Trebbiano and Malvasia. After ten centuries of uninterrupted agricultural tradition, Badia a Coltibuono still uses organic production methods to safeguard its natural assets. Its philosophy of environmental sustainability has made it the first leading wine-producing firm in Chianti to have reached this important objective.
The Badia a Coltibuono Riserva, our most classic wine, is made exclusively from autoctonous grapes. It is loved by wine aficionados worldwide and is considered to be a true emblem of the Chianti territory. As a testimony to its long history and traditions, the estate is the proud possessor of a unique patrimony of old Riserva wines which date back as far as 1937. Unfortunately wines preceding this vintage were lost during the Second World War. The Riserva is produced only on better vintages. Some of the most noteworthy are: ‘59, ‘64, ‘66, ‘71, ‘75, ‘83, 85, ‘88, ‘90, ‘93, ‘95, ’97, ’99, 2001 and 2004
Awards and Reviews
- Winery listed in Top 100 wineries of the year 2015 by Wine&Spirits Magazine
- 2009 Vintage ‘…….opened up into a stately wine, with dark plums and mulberry emerging from behind the cherry fruit.’ Ernie Whalley. ‘An engaging melange of cherries, blackberries and black plums.’ Dee Laffan. 17.5/20 pts. Sunday Times 3 May, 2015
- 2009 Vintage 92 pts Wine Enthusiast
- 2009 Vintage 92 pts Wine & Spirits
- 2009 Vintage 91 pts Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- 2009 Vintage Silver Medal Decanter Asia Wine Awards
- 2011 Vintage featured as Slow Wine 2016 in Slow Food & Wine Guide 2016