Meet the Wine Maker Lorenzo Getteschi of Podere Ciona
Podere Ciona is a boutique Winery and Agriturismo owned and operated by Franca and Franco Gatteschi. Nestled amongst silvery olive trees, woodland forests and manicured vineyards the estate offers world class wine and accommodations in an 18th century Tuscan Farmhouse and cottage. Located near the historic town of Gaiole in Chianti, vineyards and accommodations sit high a on a hilltop, between 1,600 and 2,050 feet (490 and 625 meters) above sea level, and overlook the lush, rolling hills of the spectacular Chianti Classico wine-growing region. One of the defining characteristics of Podere Ciona is its location in the pristine countryside, one hour south of Florence and 30 minutes north of Siena. The Podere Ciona estate and vineyards are located in Chianti Classico, the original and oldest part of Tuscany’s Chianti wine-growing region, symbolized by the Gallo Nero, or Black Rooster, a figure prominently featured on the authentication labels of locally produced wines.
The yields very low – on average one bottle per vine – in order to produce superior wine. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand and carrying a grape-by-grape selection out at harvest; alcoholic fermentation takes place both in stainless steel and French oak vats (according to the grape selection), while ageing is primarily done in French oak barriques and tonneaux (made from a mix of Allier, Nievre, Tronçais and Vosges oak). Podere Ciona is currently producing a Chianti Classico DOCG (Denominazione di Orgine Controllata e Garantita) Riserva, as well as their flagship wine, Le Diacce – a Merlot-based IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) – and two young IGTs, Montegrossoli and Semifonte, respectively based on Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. In most vintages, there is also a small production of Rosé wine. The vineyards and cellar are managed by Franco Gatteschi and his son Lorenzo, the wine maker. They are assisted by Dott. Stefano Chioccioli, an œnologist of international fame, and his assistant agronomist, Dott. Marco Pierucci.
2014 Podere Ciona Montegrossoli :: $18 Sale $16
A lively, fruity Sangiovese based wine that is a perfect accompaniment to virtually any meal. It has a light, ruby red color with aromas of bing cherry, raspberry, dried garden herbs and a hint of wet earth. Stylish and bright with some lasting grip on the dry and spicy finish. Light ruby red it is youthful and fresh and an everyday favorite of the family.
2014 Podere Ciona Semifonte :: $21 Sale $18
A rounded, well-balanced Merlot based wine that is great on its own or as an accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes. It has a bright, purple red color with aromas of fresh plums, dried herbs, nuts and peppery undertones. Easy-drinking with a generous taste and a smooth finish, it is friendly and pairs well with many different dishes. Fermented in stainless steel, then aged for a year in large French oak vats.
2012 Podere Ciona Chianti Classico Reserva :: $36 Sale $32
The most important wine for the estate, our Chianti Classico Riserva is meticulously crafted from the best Sangiovese grapes coming from our vineyards. Fermented and aged in French oak, then refined in the bottle for at least a year. Rich and elegant, it has a deep, garnet red color with swaths of mineral cherry fruit, layered with tobacco and dried herbs all underlined by a firm grip of refined tannins. It pairs well with pastas with red sauces, roasted and grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.
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