VAL D’ARBIA DOC dates from 1985 and covers white and pink (‘rosato’) wines grown in eleven townships (‘comuni’) in the province of Siena in south-western Tuscany lying along the Arbia river (see the 1260 Battle of Montaperti). The Val d’Arbia denomination has been described as the “white Chianti” because it excludes red wines but occupies land also allowed either the Chianti DOCG or Chianti Classico DOCG.
COMMUNES | Val d’Arbia DOC wine can come from anywhere in the township of Siena and from parts of the communes of Castellina in Chianti which is where the Arbia rises, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Monteriggioni, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Sovicille, Asciano, Monteroni d’Arbia, Murlo, and Buonconvento, where the Arbia flows into the Ombrone.
VITICULTURE | New vineyards must be replanted at a minimum vine density of 3,000 vines per hectare (1,215 vines per acre)
VAL D’ARBIA BIANCO DOC | From 30-50% Trebbiano Toscano and/or Malvasia bianca lunga (Malvasia del Chianti) plus other non-aromatic grapes permitted in Tuscany. Varietal wines can be made from 85-100% Chardonnay, Grechetto, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon, Trebbiano and Vermentino and 0-15% non-aromatic white grapes allowed in Tuscany.
VAL D’ARBIA ROSATO DOC | From 50-100% Sangiovese plus 0-50% non-aromatic red grapes allowed in Tuscany.
VAL D’ARBIA VIN SANTO DOCG | From 50-100% Trebbiano Toscano and/or Malvasia bianca plus 0- 50% from other non-aromatic white grapes permitted in Tuscany. The grapes must be dried to achieve a minimum potential alcohol of 26.6%. The wine can be released from the 01st December in the fourth year after harvest, or after five years for Vin Santo Riserva. Minimum 16% alcohol for both.
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