Now that you’ve gotten to know the region of Chianti Classico, it’s time to get to know the people behind it. Watch the videos to get to know some of what we consider to be the best wineries of Chianti Classico, and come back soon for more videos (since this piece is a work in progress).
Paula Papini Cook – Le Miccine
Le Miccine is not your traditional Chianti Classico producer. It is led by Paula Papini Cook, she is 29 years old AND Canadian. You may ask yourself how she ended up in Chianti making wines that are known for their incredible quality, as well as their sustainability. Let her give you a sneak peek into her winery, and then click thru to learn more about her and her wines.
Giovanni Manetti – Fontodi
Fontodi is an icon in Chianti Classico. It has been in the hads of the Manetti family since 1968. The family is known for its production of its famous “terrecotte”tiles. Their roots run deep and their wines reflect the family history and its ties to the terroir. Giovanni Manetti gives you a sneak peek into the winery, Chianti Classico, and Sangiovese.
Leonardo Bellaccini – San Felice
San Felice wine’s wines bear the signature of winemaker Leonardo Bellaccini since 1984. He studied Viticulture at the Istituto Superiore, interned in Bordeaux, and went on to win a scholarship from the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. He now makes some of Chianti Classico’s best wines and focuses on nurturing the grapes and soil to show the true heart of the grapes.
Francesco Ricasoli – Barone Ricasoli
Barone Ricasoli is not only the oldest winery in Italy, it is also the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area. We spoke to Francesco Ricasoli at Brolio Castle, where Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti formula in 1872. Don’t be fooled by the history and heritage of the winery, the Ricasoli family is quite forward thinking and their wines are superb.
Veronica Lagi – Castello di Monsanto
Castello di Monsanto is a Chianti Classico icon. The winery has been around since 1962 when Fabrizio Bianchi was gifted the winery by his parents as a wedding present. Currently, Fabrizio and his daughter Laura manage the winery to produce some of the areas most beautiful and elegant wines. Its aging cellar can hold over 1,300 barriques and the vineyards cover 72 hectares. Veronica Lagi, the winery’s International Marketing director gives you a peek into the winery…with a special surprise at the end.
Bernardo Bianchi – Colle Bereto
Colle Bereto sits in the heart of Chianti Classico, Rada. Due to their great positioning, 500 meters above sea level and their incredible soil, they produce wines that are ripe, rich and luscious. Bernardo Bianchi walks us through the vineyards and the region to give us a sneak peek into their gorgeous wines.
Chianti Classico – a Peek