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Wine of the month / Bacchus' retreat

Celebrating the sparkle of life

Turn the pages of an ancient book and unravel its secrets…

Vibrant, vivacious and victorious, the vintage Chianti Classico is the most famous wine in the world. The Chianti Classico as a celebrated wine has seen history through the ages and has been honored with the accolade of taking precedence over other wines besides being the standard against which all other wines are judged.

Produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes, the Chianti Classico is grown in the region of Chianti, in ancient medieval Tuscany, between Siena and Florence . Picturesque and magical, this Tuscan region is the stuff that dreams are made of and the essence of fairy tales. Established as a wine growing region by the Medici Grand Duke Cosimo III in 1716, the special recipe was invented and defined in the 19 th century by the Baron Ricasoli. At first as a 'quaffing' wine, the Chianti Classico was stored and bottled in a straw basket in the Bordeaux shaped bottle. The vintage Chianti Classico is usually labeled 'Riserva' being amongst the best of the red wines of Italy which accompany the legendary Italian cuisine. Cellared for a minimum of three years, this full-bodied red wine has the delicate features of a fragrant bouquet with a balancing acidity.

As a noble and famous wine, the Chianti Classico is a great accompaniment for red meats, pastas and cheese. Matured in old cellars that go back in time, the wine is also stored in wine caves which hold the right atmospheric pressure with quaint tasting rooms. Conforming to aging standards in Slavonian oak casks, this wine holds the aura of vanilla, cocoa and spice. As a must for every wine lover, the Chianti Classico possesses the essence of character with aristocratic taste.

Manufactured under the stringent rules of the DOCG, the Chianti Classico stood as an independent wine only in 1996, with the issuance of the Ministerial Decree of August 5 th. Conforming to the desired standards of a Riserva, the Chianti Classico has a minimum alcohol level of 12.5 degrees being bright ruby-red or garnet hued with a vinous odor of violets that is released on maturation. The Chianti Classico has the flavor of a dry, sapid and light tannic taste which fine tunes itself to a velvety texture when it matures. With a minimum net dry extract of 23% and a minimum total acidity of 4.5 ppt., the Chianti Classico has a maximum of 4 grams per liter of reducing sugars. The Chianti Classico adheres to the production code of preservation and bottling within the premises of its production zone.

As an interesting fact, the Sangiovese grape reflects the characteristics of the soil in which it is grown unlike any other grape. Sensitive to the environment, this particular variety of grapes brings out the flavor of the sandstone which gives it, its floral bouquet and the calcareous soils add to the scent of wild berries while the tufa or the volcanic soil offers an aromatic odor of tobacco. But its aroma of violets is an intrinsic and innate feature that is evident no matter where the grapes grow. As the magical elixir of the Chianti Classico, the Sangiovese grape has balanced the harmony of taste and aroma being released for consumption only after October 1st of the year after the harvest.

So come and taste the amazing and famous Chianti Classico and let its bouquet transport you to a wooded medieval enchanted land…

Villa Branca

Walk down ancient cool cellars fragrant with the aroma of fermenting wine and stop to taste the best Chianti Classico ruby red wine. Enjoy its bouquet while its fragrance takes you into the heart of the Chianti Classico region with its medieval ambience and its magical country side. As you stop off at Villa Branca, time stands still as the years roll back to reveal a rich land peopled by the powerful, noble and wealthy families of Florentine heritage dating from the year 1348. Acquired as a hamlet in the 1950’s by Pierluigi Branca, the vast land was converted into a modern wine and olive oil producing company. Today, Ilaria Branca, the owner, with a long tradition of hospitality, a passion for their ancient land and an illustrious background of manufacturing wine and olive oil, has converted the land and its ancient buildings into a stunning tourist spot.

Look at Villa Branca’s rich rolling verdant landscape which alternates between ancient oak forests and cypress trees. As a special attribute, the soil around Villa Branca holds an extraordinary quality of being at the right altitude with the right amount of sunlight which has contributed to the unique characteristics of their Chianti Classico. The farm spreads over an area of about 150 hectares (375 acres), 55 hectares (137.5 acres) which are covered by vineyards with 11 hectares (27 acres) of olive groves. The owners of Villa Branca have concentrated on their winery with state-of-the-art techniques in production and machinery with constant upgrading of the buildings to house and produce their famous Chianti Classico.

Stroll around the vineyards with its luscious Sangiovese grapes and survey a medieval ancestry which has drawn people from all over the world to its hospitable portal. The Branca family who have specialized in using Sangiovese grapes for their Chianti Classico have also grown and used newer varieties like, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot e Petit Verdot which add a refreshing international air while retaining the fragrance and the aroma of its native soil. Storing the wine in 14th century cellars, the Branca family has introduced and initiated new techniques to the art of vinification to improve the aging of wines in barriques. With a current wine production of 120,000 bottles of Chianti Classico, the Villa Branca production will increase with the re-planting of 62 acres with the latest viticulture techniques.

Taste the fragrance of a gorgeous bouquet at Villa Bra.

         
 
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