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VIA’s favorite Chianti wineries in Panzano

Culture, Food & Wine, Things to do • By VIA Villas • Posted on March 21, 2015

These wine estates have several things in common. They’re all located in beautiful Panzano in Chianti near the famous Conca d'Oro valley. They all deliver outstanding, award-winning Chianti Classico and each of them have a fascinating history. At VIA, we recommend that our clients try to visit at least one of these favored estates. It gives them a chance to experience the flavors, scents, landscapes and the stories associated with this famous wine region of Tuscany. Enjoy our selection!

Tenuta Fontodi


Their Story

Fontodi is located in the heart of the Conca d’Oro. Founded in 1968 by the Manetti, a traditional Tuscan family, Fontodi creates 100% estate bottled wine and olive oil. Fontodi has been awarded consistently high Wine Spectator scores for years.

Why we love them

Their ability to innovate while remaining true to traditional winemaking. Their mix between the old and the new delivers amazingly reliable wines that truly convey Chianti.

What you can’t miss

Their award-winning Flaccianello della Pieve, made from Sangiovese grapes and aged in oak barrels for 18 months. 

http://www.fontodi.com/

Montebernardi


Their Story

The estate name, Monte Bernardi, dates back to 1085 and is an estate covering over 53 hectares in southern Panzano, of which nearly 23 acres grow Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. All vines are farmed biodynamically.

Why we love them

Since 2003 it’s owned by the Schmelzers. The prestigious Slow Wine said this family “have quickly grasped the Chianti spirit in a manner, which is authentic and sincere.” The people behind Monte Bernardi puts their heart into what they do, delivering the authentic nuances of Chianti despite their foreign origin.

What you can’t miss

Their model cellars are open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. One of the family is always around to greet you and share their passion for great wine. While you’re at it, try their awarded Chianti Classico Riserva.

http://www.montebernardi.com/

Castello dei Rampolla


Their Story

Castello dei Rampolla is synonym of wine royalty. In 1964 Prince Alceo Di Napoli started his passionate winemaking activity. A couple decades later he started planting vineyards with Bordeaux varieties, innovating the Chianti Classico at the time. After the Prince’s passing his family carried on under the guidance of leading enologist Giacomo Tachis, and their wines are awarded and praised worldwide.

Why we love them

If it isn’t enough that their brand was founded by a real Prince from an ancient European dynasty, then we’ll tell you that the Rampolla estate, with its lovely grounds and views of the Conca d’Oro valley, is one of Chianti’s most striking.

What you can’t miss

The Wine Advocate has recognized their production as one of the most sought after wines in the region. You should also enjoy the beautiful castle, owned by the Di Napoli Rampolla family since 1739.

http://www.castellodeirampolla.it/

Il Molino di Grace


Their Story

Named after the windmill located on the property, this is another estate with an old tradition of winemaking. The vineyards at Molino di Grace have been around for over 350 years. For centuries the grapes were sold to other producers, until Frank Grace purchased the property in 1995 and gave birth to its state of the art winery.

Why we love them

Il Molino di Grace is dedicated to delivering sustainable products. The way they plow and fertilize, how they recycle to power up energy, heating and air conditioning. Every detail is carefully planned to minimize the carbon footprint and to deliver a wine that’s organic and natural. 

What you can’t miss

Il Molino di Grace is open monday to friday. If you pay them a visit, you’ll enjoy walking an ancient Etruscan path winding through the vineyards. And don’t leave without tasting “Il Margone”, awarded with 95 points by Decanter (2014) and made of pure Sangiovese. 

http://www.ilmolinodigrace.com/

Renzo Marinai


Their Story

Iori Marinai was a poet, writer, and “artist of the art of living”. When his son Renzo inherited the San Martino a Cecione estate that included an old bakery, inspiration took over. First, Renzo ventured to make old school bread in a traditional fashion. Then, he started applying the same principles - inspiration, poetry, love for the land, craft and tradition - as he embarked on a journey to produce his award-winning wine.

Why we love them

Their wine actually listens to music! Yes. The cellar houses where wines are left to age play soft Mozart in the background. Isn’t that delicious? We also love their minimalist designs that stand out among the typical wine packaging in the region.

What you can’t miss

Their Chianti Classico received a GOLD MEDAL at Los Angeles International Wine & Spirit 2009 Competition. You might also want to enjoy the wide variety of products offered by Renzo Marinai, including bread, pasta, olive oil and an outstanding Grappa Riserva.

http://www.renzomarinai.it/