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History

Vines have been cultivated in the hills of Tuscany for nearly 3000 years and it is here that Italy’s greatest concentration of ambitious winemakers is found.

Vignamaggio

Estates are usually small and the undulating landscape serves as a heat trap for the region, which is ideal for the production of red wine with good ageing potential.  Chianti is the true home of the Sangiovese grape and Vignamaggio’s vineyards are located in Greve-in-Chianti, within the superior Chianti Classico zone.

Situated halfway between Florence and Siena, the Vignamaggio estate, in its quintessentially beautiful Tuscan setting, was built by the Gherardini family at the beginning of the 15th century. Rich in history and intrigue, it is said that Leonardo da Vinci’s perhaps most celebrated portrait, the Mona Lisa, was born here! It was also thanks to a Vignamaggio wine that the term ‘Chianti’ was first used in 1404, spawning Italy’s most successful wine ‘brand’.

The estate was then bought and restored to its former glory by Gianni Nunziante. The success of this restoration was confirmed in 1993 when the villa and its grounds had the honour of being chosen as the stunning set for Kenneth Branagh’s film version of Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

In very recent times, a change of ownership has ushered in an exciting new era at Vignamaggio, notably the restoration of its historic buildings and the redevelopment of the wider estate along the lines of the mediaeval ‘gran giardino’ concept — a polyculture where vineyards thrive alongside olive groves, vegetable gardens, orchards and a forest. 

The Vineyards

vineyards

Vines are located in the Chianti Classico zone, in the heart of the Chianti region. The average altitude of vineyards here is higher than average. They are planted on southeast and southwest-facing slopes to promote maximum ripening, both factors enhance concentration and poise. The Cabernet Franc vines are more than 40 years old, rediscovered in the 1990s in vineyards called Solatìo.

The climate is Mediterranean, with warm winters and hot, dry summers, ideal for ripening grapes to their full potential.

The varied soil varied mostly consists of clay. They retain valuable water, which quenches the roots and keeps the vines cool, enhancing the ripening process.

The wines