Owner: Giovanna Morganti, whose father Enzo Morganti founded the estate. He was a respected winemaker and oenologist who believed in Tuscan grape varieties over French imports. He gave Giovanna a podere called Le Bonciè. It had olives to which she added vineyards, having studied oenology. In the mid-1980s Giovanna worked for the nearby San Felice winery on a project to plant around 300 heritage Tuscan grape varieties.
Vineyards: 5ha. 400 metres. 7,000 vines per hectare, Mainly Sangiovese, plus other varieties from the experimental project mentioned above, such as Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Foglia tonda, Mammolo and Prugnolo.
The vineyard, planted to a very high density of 7,000 vines per hectare and dedicated principally to Sangiovese (supplemented by a few rows of Fogliatonda and the others for blending), produces the definitive wine of the estate: “Le Trame”. Vineyard work is conducted according to the general principles of the biodynamic movement.
Organic certification: 2005 First vintage with full certification.
Winemaking: Hand picked. Fermentation in open-topped wooden vats. Ageing in mid-size barrel.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Il 5: From younger vines. Ferments in steel, ages in oak vats (‘botti’).
Chianti Classico DOCG, Le Trame: The first wine made here, their signature wine. The name means a ‘meeting’, the back story behind a place, in this case the complicated wheeling and dealing it took to purchase the land. Sangiovese planted 1985, spur pruned, trained to alberello. Fermented in traditional open-topped oak vats.
Podere Le Boncie
Loc. San Felice, Strada delle Bonciè, 5
I-53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI), Italy
Les Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011.
Telephone interview with Giovanna Morganti 14th April 2016.