Toscana Toscana is a region of great historical significance especially in regard to artistic expression. Dante Aligheri's Florence was the cultural center of the world in the 13th century, and the Renaissance with Michelangelo and others added to the mystical charm of this area. Thus, in the original Chianti Classico zone was established in the area around the villages of Radda, Gaiole, Castellina, and Greve. The worldwide success of that Chianti gave way to five more subzones of the reknown wine. The wines from this area truly reflect traditional values while still allowing room for production of the currently famous 'Supertuscans'.
- Fattoria La Ripa
In the fifteenth century Fattoria la Ripa was owned by Antonio Gherardini, the father of the famous woman in da Vinci's painting 'The Mona Lisa'. The farm is now property of S.A. Santa Brigida, who has owned and maintained the vineyards from the 1940's. La Ripa is located in the Chianti Classico area near the township of Castellina in Chianti and has 12 hectares devoted to predominantly Sangiovese grapes. The vineyard is located at an altitude of 400 meters where the cool air and warm sun give the full bodied fruit the necessary ripening time needed to mature properly.
- La Palazzetta di Fanti Flavio
Flavio Fanti has been making world class Brunello di Montacino wine for years at his 35 acre farm. He harvests the fruit himself and has total control over his winemaking operations. The result is a balanced brunello that equates to a characteristically smooth syle.