IL COLOMBAIO DI SANTACHIARA (sic) is an organic estate winery in Località Racciano in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany in Italy. White wines are bottled under the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG and San Gimignano Vin Santo DOC. Reds are bottled under the San Gimignano Rosso DOC and the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG.
OWNERS | Three brothers. Their father Mario founded the estate in the 1950s. The first wines were made in 2002 after Alessio, one of Mario’s three sons, started studying to become an oenologist. Alessio’s older brothers Giampiero and Stefano are also involved.
STAFF | 2019 Consultant oenologist: Nicola Berti.
VINEYARDS | 2019 40ha of land of which 22ha of vines. The vines are in three varied zones: San Donato, Cotone, and Racciano (see link above). Baciolo 1ha called Baciolo, north-facing, planted with Cabernet Franc. Campo della Pieve 1.5ha of Vernaccia, below the parish of San Donato, and bottled separately (see below for details on the wine). Colombaio Vernaccia vineyard used for the L’Albereta bottling (see below). The site is called Colombaio and it is located in Località Racciano. The vineyard faces east. There are 2.5ha of Vernaccia vines. These are use for the Albereta bottling. Cotone This is the estate’s largest plot of land, with 10ha. It faces east. It is considered one of San Gimignano’s best terroirs for Vernaccia. Both Vernaccia and Sangiovese are planted here. The name ‘Cotone’ is said to date from 1011 and derives from ‘large rock’. Pescille Near San Donato in the south of the San Gimignano township. 3ha of Vernaccia and Sangiovese. South-facing. San Donato 2ha of Vernaccia in San Donato on Pliocene sands over a geological sub-stratum of clays, pebbles and gravels. South-facing. Via Vecchia 2ha of vines. The Via Vecchia or ‘old road’ connected San Gimignano with Poggibonsi. The vines are surrounded by olive trees.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION | 2019 Yes.
SPUMANTE BRUT, LUMIS | 80% Vernaccia, 20% Chardonnay. Charmat method.
VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG, SELVABIANCA | Pliocene sands and clays, deep, chalky. 360-400 metres. / 2018 13.5% alc. Savoury Sauvignon Blanc style at the 2019 Anteprima.
WWW DONE VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG, CAMPO DELLA PIEVE | Single vineyard in Località San Donato. Pliocene clays and sands. 360-400 metres. / 2017 Clean, cool fermented fresh modern style Vernaccia at the 2019 Anteprima.
VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG RISERVA, L’ALBERETTA | 2016 Oaky and fruity but not overly heavy at the 2019 Anteprima.
TOSCANA ROSATO, CREMISI | 100% Sangiovese.
CHIANTI COLLI SENESI DOCG, CAMPALE | 95% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot. 283-350 metres. Soils of mixed origin, composition and consistency. Sandy soils rich in stones and [marine origin] fossils. / 2009 Debut vintage.
CHIANTI COLLI SENESI DOCG RISERVA, IL PRIORE | 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo. 330-390 metres. Mixed soils, Pliocene sands and clays, deep and chalky.
ROSSO DI SAN GIMIGNANO RISERVA, COLOMBAIO | Soils of mixed consistency, rich in stones and limestone. 100% Sangiovese. Ferments in cement vats.
SAN GIMIGNANO VIN SANTO DOC, DI MARIO | Made from Vernaccia, Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia.
Il Colombaio di Santachiara, Località San Donato, 1 – I-53037 San Gimignano (SI), Italy / Tel+39 0577 942004.