Isole e Olena | Winery in in Barberino Val d’Elsa, now called Barberino Tavarnelle, in the western part of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Italy. The northern boundary of Castellina in Chianti is just to the south.  Isole e Olena makes Chianti Classico DOCG red wines, and Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC sweet white wines. The name Isole e Olena dates from 1954 when two adjoining estates, Isole and Olena, were purchased by the De Marchi family and combined into one. The earliest documentation of the village of Olena dates to the 12th century. During the 1950s, the De Marchi family planted new specialised vineyards and expanded the cellars.

Owner | Paolo di Marchi (born 1951) and Marta de Marchi, his wife. Paolo began running the estate in 1976. His family’s home and vineyard is Proprieta Sperino, in Lessona in northern Piemonte. This is round by Marta and Paolo’s older son, Luca.

Vineyards | 45ha (111 acres). 350-450 metres (1,150-1,480 feet). Galestro soils. Influence by the Tyrrhenian sea to the west.

White wines

Chardonnay, Collezione Privata IGT Toscana | Oak aged.

Red wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, Collezione Privata | 1999 Very nice (blind) at dinner in Verona with Levi Dalton, Bernard Burtschy, Robert Joseph et al. (02 April 2017).

Chianti Classico DOCG, Isole e Olena | 1985 Excellent vintage here. | 1988 Excellent vintage here. | 1990 Excellent vintage here. | 1997 Excellent vintage here. | 2014 13.5%.

 2016 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% Syrah. 140,000 bottles produced. | 2017 83% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 2% Syrah. 

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, La Riserva | 2015 140,000 bottles produced.

Syrah, L’Eremo | The Syrah was grafted onto Canaiolo to make Tuscany’s first varietal Syrah labelled L’Eremo. No longer made. | 1989 Debut.

Vin santo

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, Isole e Olena 2001 13.5% alc. | 2006 65% Malvasia, 35% Trebbiano Toscano. | 2007 60% Malvasia, 40% Trebbiano. 8,000 bottles produced. | 2007 55% Malvasia bianca lunga toscana, 45% Trebbiano toscano. | 2009 50% each Malvasia bianca lunga toscana & Trebbiano toscano.

Contact

Fattoria Isole e Olena

Loc. Isole 1

I-50021 Barberino Val d’Elsa (FI = Firenze), Italy

Tel+39 055.8072763

Bibliography

Bill Nesto MW & Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico, the Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, (University of California Press, 2016).