ANTICO BORGO DI SUGAME is an organic winery in the township (‘comune’) of Greve-in-Chianti in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Italy. The estate was sold to its current (Feb 2018) owner in 2000 and was already certified organic, because the previous owner (who was from Liguria) worked for AIAB.
OWNER | Lorenzo Miceli and Catriona Murray. Catrina and Lorenzo Miceli acquired Sugame in 2000. They have three children. Sugame was already an ongoing concern with the same nine apartments and the same vineyards. They arrived in February 2000 with one toddler and one baby on the way, nine guest apartments which needed renovating, and guests due to arrive in April. They subsequently renovated the guest accomodation, restored the winery, added a swimming pool, landscaping, and a new entrance and access road.
HISTORY | Antico Borgo di Sugame dates back to about 1200 AD as an inhabited location. The meaning of the name Sugame is unknown but it is shared with the adjacent pass over the hills between the Val di Greve and the upper Val d’Arno. ‘Antico’ means ‘ancient’ and ‘borgo’ means a hamlet or small village. Indeed, Sugame was just that, and the piazza which separates the two main buildings was the centre of this village, where the women worked or children played, just as they do today.
STAFF | Consultant oenologist: Marco Chellini.
VINEYARDS | 2018 5 hectares (12.35 acres) on a 30 hectare estate. The vineyards are SW facing at an altitude of 500-500 m. The soil is mainly sandy-limestone with a small percentage of clay.
CERTIFICATION | 2000 First vintage with full organic certification.
WINERY | The current owners replaced wooden vats [and recycled them as furniture–see below] with stainless steel.
IGT TOSCANA ROSATO / 100% Sangiovese.
IGT TOSCANA ROSSO | 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented in steel vats. Bottled young.
CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG, ANTICO BORGO DI SUGAME | 2012 Rich, bit of brett at Millésime Bio Jan 2015. / 2016 12,000 bottles. Lovely fruit at the Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018.
CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA | 2015 3,000 bottles. A bit wild and ‘hot’ tasting at the Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018.
Two hectares of olive trees. Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo. The olives are hand-picked and transported to the organic ‘frantoio’ within 48 hours.
28 hectares of woodland.
A small amount of chestnut flour and millfiori (wildflower) honey.
Eight self-catering apartments, distributed among the two main Tuscan farm buildings plus a separate cottage. Wood from old vats that were replaced by stainless steel was recycled into kitchen surfaces and tables for the guest accommodation. Each apartment now has its own external ‘space’, a terrace or veranda, patio or garden.
Antico Borgo di Sugame, I-50022 Greve in Chianti (FI = Firenze), Italy / Tel+39 055.8547958 / www.borgo-di-sugame.com
Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February.