Podere La Piaggia is located in Castellina in Chianti in the Chianti Classico DOCG region of Tuscany. Piaggia is a medieval term which means gentle descent. The owner, Adriano Barneschi, moved here in 1950. The first estate-labelled wines date from 1964. As well as Chianti Classico DOCG, two whites are made, one dry and the other a sweet Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC.

Owner: Family run.

Vineyards: The estate lies in the hills near Castellina in Chianti, on the slope overlooking Siena and the Val d’Elsa. It comprises an area of just over forty hectares, half of which is uncultivated and consists of woods. The rest of the land is divided between olive groves and vineyards. Some old vines on terraces around the farmhouse are ungrafted. The centre of the estate is the farmhouse, with the cellar beneath, dating back to the 1600s. The vines are at around 450m and lies on galestro and alberese.

White wines

Toscana Bianco IGT, Banco Secco: Dry white. 50% each Malvasia Bianca Lunga Toscana and Trebbiano Toscano.

Red wines

Chianti Classico DOCG: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo.

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo.

Vin Santo

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC: 50% each Malvasia Bianca Lunga Toscana and Trebbiano Toscano.

Contact

I-53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI = Siena), Italy

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