Is obtained from the blend of 95% of Sangiovese and5% of Merlot. The grapes are grown in our vineyards, located in the most suitable production areas of the Chianti Classico: Gaiole in Chianti and Quercegrossa. After a thorough green harvest the grapes are harvested in small boxes, cooled overnight and then worked on the double sorting table. Fermentation takes place in conical vats, barrels and opened barriques with the technique of
“vinficazione integrale”. After a long maceration on the skins the wine is poured directly into the barrels of the best selection of fine grain French oak, where the malolactic fermentation takes place. It rises in barriques “sur lies” for 18 months. After bottling, ages in bottle at least 6 months before being placed on the market. Wine of extraordinary identity, intense, rich and complex with fruity and spicy notes, soft tannins, dense, thick, balanced with a fresh acidity that extends into fruity and spicy notes.
The terroir is the master of this wine, its expression is the expression of Sangiovese in his great terroir married with small notes of Merlot.
95 % Sangiovese 5 % Merlot
After a distinguished 25-year career working for some of the most prestigious, internationally acclaimed estates in Italy, Stefano Chioccioli – one of Italy’s leading enologists and agronomists – is working alongside his son Niccolo to produce wines under their own label: Altadonna.
While Niccolo received a formal education in enology, following in Stefano’s footsteps and earning a degree from the University of Florence, he insists that it was his father who truly taught him the essentials of making and understanding wine.
Together, they are producing wines that capture the essence of Italy and its diverse terroirs. The Altadonna line is comprised of six varietal wines, each made from the principle grape variety of the respective region in its purity. From Pinot Grigio in the Venezie region to Nero d’Avola in Sicily, each wine is a reflection of this father-son team’s expertise and love for the land.
According to Stefano, “The role of the winemaker is to enhance the land where he works, obtaining wines with the maximum quality expression of their area, applying a respect for nature with a modern winemaking approach creating richly balanced wines with fresh aromas. Quality is made in the details.”
In developing Altadonna, Stefano and Niccolo sought out some of the top producers from which to source their fruit. They work closely with these producers to ensure the grapes are cultivated according to their strict quality standards. To eliminate the potential of crop deterioration during transport, the Chiocciolis work with trusted, local cellars in each region. They also closely monitor the vinification process to produce the highest quality wines.
The winery takes its name from this duo’s beloved wife and mother, Anna Altadonna. In addition to adopting her maiden name, the brand features her silhouette on the front label of every bottle.