The Balifico vineyard shares its name and location with a villa. The first Super-Tuscans were created in the 1970s by Chianti producers who rejected government mandates that determined which grapes were required to go into their wine, especially white grapes like Malvasia and Trebbiano. The Super-Tuscans were also treated differently from Chianti, aged in small French barriques rather than in large Slovenian casks. Because they did not follow DOC regulations, the Super-Tuscans were entitled only to the lowest official designation of the time — vino da tavola. It wasn’t until 1994 that the government recognized the high quality of the Super-Tuscans and gave the wine its own category — IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
The Chianti Classico label features the Commenda di Sant’Eufrosino, the second of four churches built within the city’s walls. Attributed to Italian architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1396-1472), the church was built in 1443 by request of the Canigiani family who lived in Volpaia. One of the family members wished to join the Knights of Malta, a religious order and military brotherhood ruled by a Grand Master that answered only to the Pope. The Knights of Malta required that the Canigianis build a church in Volpaia before joining the religious order. The Commenda was deconsecrated in 1932 and declared a national monument in 1981. For 13 years, until 1993, the Commenda housed a renowned art collection. The Commenda is now used for dinners, tastings and other events and its basement contains one of Volpaia’s barrel-aging cellars.
Each Volpaia Vineyard is harvested and produced separately. Our Chianti Classico Riserva is made from a blend of the wines coming from the best vineyards of Volpaia and aged for 24 months.
Ruby red with purplish glints. Intense with hints of red wild berries, with a subtle hint of grass. Palate: full-flavoured with the right amount of tannins.
Ruby red with garnet hues, a bouquet that combines scent of red fruits and vanilla, with a velverty taste. Splendid cuvee Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Nero, with an ageing in oak barrel for about 24 months.
Garnet red with an intense and pleasing aroma, tannic and persistent. This excellent local variety of the best Friuli tradition reveals maximum force during the slow ageing in oak barrel for about 18 months.
Ruby red with garnet tinges. Nose: a multi-layered aromatic set, merging typically herbaceous scents and intense perfumes of red berries, in a fine, clean and elegant complexity. Palate: structurally balanced, warm, smooth, appropriately tannic; La Roncaia Merlot is an engrossing and long-lasting wine.