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.
Extremely rare, as only small quantities are produced, this is a typical, traditional Tuscan dessert wine. Enhanced by the creation of the DOC Vinsanto del Chianti Classico, today Badia a Coltibuono’s Vinsanto is one of the best raisin wines in the world.
Climatically “traditional” with alternating conditions of atmospheric stability and disturbance, offering temperatures which were generally in line with historical averages. The abundant spring rainfall and hot summer resulted in an exceptional quality with excellent grape concentrations. Hand picking guaranteed a careful selection of the grapes.
The bunches of Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes destined for the production of the Vin Santo grow in a specially planted vineyard. They are then carefully selected and left to dry in well-ventilated rooms. Fermentation with wild yeast and ageing take place in small oak casks, which are sealed and kept exposed to the seasonal variations in temperature
Awards and Reviews
- Winery listed in Top 100 wineries of the year 2015 by Wine&Spirits Magazine
- 2007 Vintage 91 pts Wine Spectator 2014