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The Wines

Tuscany - Wines

Tuscany is a place of dreams. Rolling hills, clad with vines, olive groves and cypress trees. Atop the hills, ancient castles command spectacular, unspoilt views. It is Italy's heart and soul and, from a wine point of view it has as rich a history and tradition as Burgundy and Bordeaux.

Our vineyards are situated around Siena and Chianti in Castellina. All offer a wonderful visit experience and a marvellous choice of places to stay. And stay you must! Our wines are all Chiantis; Classicos, Riservas and Super Tuscans of real style and typicity. And then there are the olive oils!

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The Vineyards

Castel di Pugna

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The stunning estate of Castel di Pugna was established as far back as the year 900. Occupying 14 hectares of vines and 3 hectares of olive groves within reach of the beautiful city of Siena, it is brilliantly run by Count Luigi Alberto Fumi Cambi Gado and his family.  They are descendants of the original family who founded the estate. The wines are classic Chianti’s made from Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo.

 

The estate features a lovely restaurant, the Granary di Castelpugna as well as three delightfully converted barns occupying wonderful views of Siena, where members can stay.  Despite the fabulous history and tradition of Castel di Pugna, the impressively modern, high-tech winery gives a hint as to the quality and ambition of the present owners.

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This classic Chianti is a traditional blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Ciliegiolo. It has been aged for nine months in 25hl oak barrels. It has a nose of liquorice, black fruit and herbs and a fresh, supple palate of ripe savoury fruits. Sour cherry and plum fruit vie with liquorice and spice in the finish. It is a well-made, nicely balanced, easy drinking Chianti that benefits from decanting. A great match with ribollita – the famous hearty Tuscan soup.

Chianti Colli Senesi Ellera

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This is a traditional Chianti made from a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. It has spent 12 months in 25hl oak barrels and 3 months in bottle before release. It is deep ruby in colour with aromas of ripe black fruit, liquorice and tea leaf. In the mouth it is sweet and supple with delicious savoury black cherry fruit, spicy oak and herbs leading to a long, complex finish. A perfect companion to hearty roasts or tomato based pasta dishes. Will age for up to a decade.

Chianti Superiore Villa Cambi

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Monte Chiaro

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This charming and impressive estate has been in the ownership of the noble Griccioli family since the 1760′s. It has been run by the impressive Alessandro Griccioli since 2005. It achieved organic status in 2013 and occupies 160 hectares in total with 14 hectares of vineyards and 2,600 olive trees as well as 40 hectares of truffle forest.

 

On the estate there are 5 villas/converted farmhouses (housing 10 people & each with a private swimming pool) where Partners can stay and admire the wonderful views of Siena and the sublime Tuscan countryside of rolling hills and cypress trees.

 

Alessandro fashions a large range of delicious, well made wines as well as olive oil. His Arteliquida Rosso is made from the rare Tuscan variety called Malvasia Nera and his Chianti Riserva is full bodied and spicy Sangiovese.

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This remarkable wine is made from the rare Tuscan variety called Malvasia Nera. Alessandro is very passionate about this wine, describing it as having ‘the structure and elegance of Pinot Noir and the heady, spicy aromas of a Côtes du Rhône’.  Deep in colour, the nose is warm and enticing with spice, earth and a touch of game overlaying the dark black fruits.  In the mouth it is fresh and tannic with ripe savoury black fruits; blackberry, raisin and plum with chocolate and mocha.  It finishes with a lingering, spicy, powerful end.

Arteliquida Rosso

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This delightfully opulent wine is made from 100% Sangiovese and aged for 24 months in 25% new oak. It is deep ruby in colour with scents of exotic spice, dried fruits, balsamic and marasca cherry. In the mouth it is pleasingly fresh and spicy with chocolate, tobacco and dark cherry fruit, moccha and caramel. It has a long, toasty finish. Can be aged for up to a decade.  It makes a lovely companion to wild game or Pecorino cheese.

Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva ‘345

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Rocca Delle Macìe

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This impressive estate was established in 1973 by Italo Zingarelli, the film producer of spaghetti western fame. Italo passed away in 2000 and it is his son Sergio who now manages the property. 

 

Based in the hills of Tuscany in the Classico zone of Castellina in Chianti, the estate occupies 600 hectares in total, 200 of vineyards and 80 hectares of olive groves. On part of the estate there is the lovely Relais Reserva di Fizzano where Partners can stay in converted farmhouses and eat authentic Tuscan cuisine in their splendid restaurant.

 

Although it is a big estate by 3D standards, it is still very much family owned and run. The wines are extremely impressive being rich, smooth and supple displaying good typicity allied to modernity.

 

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This smooth and supple Chianti Classico comes from the Sant’Alfonso part of the estate, rich in clay. It is made from 100% Sangiovese and has had 13 months ageing in medium-sized French oak barrels. It has a rather elegant, floral nose with bramble fruit and spice. On the palate it is ultra smooth and juicy with intense cherry and red berry fruit and a gentle touch of creamy oak and coffee. This luscious and velvety Chianti can be aged for up to 5-10 years. A fine match for roasts and game.

Chianti Classico Tenuta Sant’Alfonso

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The Chianti Classico Riserva di Fizzano is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot grown on the south west facing hills that surround their delightful Relais di Fizzano.  It has been aged in new and used French oak barrels for 12 months. It has lovely floral aromatics with hedgerow fruits leading to an impressively pure and intense palate of raspberry, cherry and wild berry fruit. It has a long, smooth, creamy finish. Can be drunk young, but will age for up to a decade. Try this with fettuccine carbonara, veal cutlets or Tuscan lamb.

Chianti Classico Riserva di Fizzano

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The Accommodation

The hotels and villas we recommend in Tuscany are all personally known to us and are where we stay when we visit our winemakers. They have been selected because they are convenient for the vineyards, offer a warm welcome and provide good value for money within their category.

  • Most of our recommended places to stay offer a discount to 3D members.
  • We will also make your booking for you.
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