You may not have heard of them but, in a short space of time Monteraponi have attained cult status within Italy for their vital and characterful Chianti Classicos from some of the region’s highest vineyards. Word is now starting to get out internationally and not before time – for they are widely considered in their home country to be one of Chianti’s top estates.
The Chianti farmhouse of Monteraponi, an ancient medieval hamlet, situated on the hill of the same name, once belonged to Baron Ugo, Marquis of Tuscany in the tenth century. It was not until 2003, however, that current owner Michele Braganti produced and commercialised the estate’s own bottlings. The vineyard had been in family hands since 1974 but the fruit was previously sold off to other growers. The vineyard area, all in the commune of Radda in Chianti Classico, spans 12 hectares. The wines are planted as high as 570 metres above sea level, some of the very highest in the Chianti Classico, on a mixture of hard Albarese and softer Galestro limestone soils.
The estate is certified organic and the wines are made in a traditional, low tech and gentle way – hand harvesting, spontaneous ferments, long maceration on the skins and ageing in large old oak casks for 12 – 36 months, depending on the wine. Join us as we taste these traditional Chianti Classicos – full of personality and vivacity.
Wine Samples (order here):
2017 Monteraponi, Chianti Classico
2016 Monteraponi, Chianti Classico, Riserva, Il Campitello
2015 Monteraponi, Chianti Classico, Riserva, Il Campitello
2015 Monteraponi, Baron d’Ugo, IGT Toscana
2013 Monteraponi, Baron d’Ugo, IGT Toscana
2015 Monteraponi, Trebbiano
Delivered to the UK £87
Delivered to EU £97
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