Our twenty hectares of vineyards represent the most precious resource we have:
They are included in both the UGA of Greve and Montefioralle.
We have worked organically since 2014 and continually strive to allow our vineyards to grow and produce grapes in living soil. We do this by working artisanally and respecting the environment to obtain healthy grapes that require little intervention in the cellar.
The first nucleus of vineyards is located around the main Villa, at an altitude of approximately three hundred and fifty metres, on the right side of the Greve river, with south and southwest exposure. Our oldest vines here date back to 1980. They are planted on the so-called “Macigno del Chianti”, a geological formation of marine origin which constitutes the main framework of this eastern portion of the Chianti Classico. Benefiting from the clayey and sandy matrix of these sandstones (not calcareous) is our Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ASofia, a 100% Sangiovese well rooted in the UGA of Greve, which directs its complex fruity intensity towards the long potential of ageing.
Remaining on the right side of the Greve river is a second vineyard, known in the area as Le Bonille di Sopra. Here, the vineyard runs along four hundred meters of altitude, with southwest exposure on terraces built by hand using the dry-stone wall technique. The vines are planted with a greater density, and the soils are characterized by a mix of sandstone (alberese) in which limestone is present in higher concentrations. The typical “flake” conformation of the land (galestro) is well suited to our Chianti Classico Riserva, in whose composition we also usually integrate a small portion of colorino grapes from this same plot.
A few kilometres from the main Villa and vinification area, you will find our Sillano vineyard. We are above the small medieval village of Montefioralle, near the Parish Church of San Pietro a Sillano, located at an altitude of over five hundred meters and exposed to the east. This vineyard represents the highest vineyard both in the context of our portfolio and within the entire UGA of Montefioralle. A strong presence of limestone pebbles characterizes the soils on the left bank of the Greve river and reveals a certain hardness and resistance to erosion. This, combined with the high altitude, these characters translate into our Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Sillano (100% sangiovese) in terms of an original form of gustatory tension, which in the best years releases a long, weightless persistence.
Terreno’s vineyards are situated about 300 metres above sea level, facing south and southwest, on the right side of the river Greve. The soil is mostly calcareous clay. This cool soil retains water which means that the grapes can produce a balanced wine despite a warmer and unpredictable weather due to climate change. Here, some of our oldest vines, planted in 1980, grow next to our youngest vineyard planted in 2018. The old vines, thanks to their deep root system, thrive despite the poor soil, and produce well balanced grapes with concentrated flavour intensity. These grapes are perfect for our complex wine; Terreno Chianti Classico ASofia, made with only Sangiovese. This is a wine that year after year reflects its terroir in nuanced way.
Bonille is a part of Terreno where the vines grow on hand made terraces at 400 metres above sea level, facing southwest. The vines are planted closer together and thus must compete for nutrients in the poor soil consisting mainly of galestro. Bonille therefor gives us a more concentrated fruit that add structure and body to our wines. With careful precision and with respect for the environment we observe each field and every single grape variety because every year offers new possibilities and challenges. We adapt our work to every situation to be able to help vines and grapes to become the best they can be.
Sillano is a vineyard at 500 metres above sea level facing southeast, above the little medieval village of Montefioralle. The high altitude makes the average temperature lower compared to our other vineyards. This means a longer growing season for the grapes and therefore they reach a perfect balance even in warm vintages. The soil is called Formazione Sillano; a unique chalk rich soil in Chianti Classico spanning from Panzano in Chianti and San Casciano. This soil can only be found in few places in Chianti Classico. Our wine Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva Sillano comes from here: an elegant and balanced wine with strong identity, made with only Sangiovese.