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Vignamaggio: organic Chianti Classico wine

Written by Veronica Lavenia

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When the history of a company joins the history of its people, it becomes a fundamental part of the chronicles of that territory. It happens for Vignamaggio, a historic Tuscan winery and olive grove, whose history dates back to the time when Guelphs and Ghibellines fought over Tuscany.

Vignamaggio became the historical seat of the Gherardini family who, expelled from Florence in 1280, settled in the homonymous valley in 1302. Here, the Gherardini, in a house surrounded by generous nature, started the cultivation of vineyards as evidenced by a document of 1404. which, symbolically, establishes the beginning of Vignamaggio wine.

Today, Vignamaggio is an international organic company that in 2014 embarked on an ambitious restoration project, which includes, above all, the cellars.

© Vignamaggio


The richness of the Chianti area, already valued by the Etruscans and Romans, with traces of their settlements preserved up to the present day, acquires the landscape structure known until today from the Middle Ages. At the time, around the area, the scene of battles between Florence and Siena, for the contention of the territory, there were castles and villas. These farms, with their land, in times of peace and with the agrarian rebirth, are used as vineyards. A fertile territory with quality wine since 1400, when the term “Chianti” appears in the documents of the period to indicate the wine produced.

In 1716, the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III, wishing to protect the name of the territory, which had already become known, established, with a ban, the boundaries of the production area, which still today correspond approximately to the current 70,000 hectares.

Since that announcement, the first legal document in history, which marks the delimitation of a wine-growing area of ​​production, the fame of Chianti is known to all, to the point that its 33 producers, in 1924, founded the first Consorzio Vitivinicolo d ‘ Italy to protect the production of Chianti.

Starting from 1300, the Black Rooster, symbol of the peace reached between the two Tuscan republics, became the insignia of the Military League of Chianti, as well as a symbol of the Consortium.


The reputation acquired by Chianti allows its production also in other Tuscan territories, with the same practices of the territory of origin. For this reason, in the ministerial decree of 1932, the Chianti area is defined as the “area of ​​oldest origin” and the wine produced in its territory is given the name of “Classico”, to distinguish the original from the other “Chianti” products. outside the historical production area.

In 1984, the entire Chianti denomination obtained the Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin, the highest recognition for quality Italian wines.

In 2005, the Black Rooster logo was compulsorily applied to all bottles of Chianti Classico wine and oil, to reinforce the identification of a territory and its products.

The characteristics of the climate (continental but without particular temperature variations) of the land and of the altitude (between 200 and 800 meters) make Chianti an ideal area for the production of quality wines and Extra virgin olive oil.

Merlot di Santa Maria 2015 - Vignamaggio



For six hundred years, Vignamaggio has been a Tuscan excellence of international scope. Over 400 hectares, in the heart of the Chianti Classico, distributed in vineyards, olive groves, vegetable gardens, orchards and a semi-wild breeding of Cinta Senese. Quality and sustainability, the result of a perfect synergy between tradition and innovation.

Vignamaggio is an organic farm, with an avant-garde cellar from which high quality wines are born that express the peculiarities of the different terroirs of the estate.

The Vignamaggio vineyards cover an area of over 70 hectares, cultivated according to the principles of organic farming. The main vines of the estate are Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia Bianca and Trebbiano with a particular focus on the recovery of some varieties of local vines such as Canaiolo nero and Mammolo.

Terre di Prenzano 2018 - Vignamaggio

© Vignamaggio

The entire winemaking process takes place in the Vignamaggio cellar, from the selection of the harvested grapes to the refinement of the wine in barriques and in large oak barrels. On the upper terrace, which forms the roof of the cellar itself, the grapes are selected during the harvest. From there, they fall by gravity into the steel tanks below, where the fermentation process begins.

Monna Lisa 2015 - Vignamaggio


Vignamaggio’s proposals meet the strict criteria of organic farming. The result gives high quality wines respecting nature and the environment.

Cabernet Franc 2016 - Vignamaggio


Chianti Classico DOCG


Prenzano was an ancient Vignamaggio farm. The grapes of the Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano wine also come from these lands, located a few hundred meters from the villa, with mainly south-west exposure.


Terre di Prenzano is a vintage Chianti Classico, produced solely with Sangiovese grapes. The refinement lasts about a year in oak barrels of 20 to 40 hectoliters and is completed with a stay in the bottle for at least 3 months.

An intense red wine, fruity and fresh bouquet. On the nose notes of red fruit, typical of the grape. On the palate aftertaste of blueberry and plum with a slight hint of vanilla.


The name is dedicated to Gherardino Gherardini, founder of the illustrious family that built Vignamaggio in the 14th century.

This wine is produced with Sangiovese grapes for 80-90% and Merlot for 10-20%. After the harvesting and vinification phases, an aging of about 18-20 months is carried out in oak barrels and barriques. The grapes come from the vineyards of Prato (West) and Querceto (West / South-West).

Ruby red color with garnet hues. Aromas of fruit on the nose: black cherries, blackberries and ripe cherries, tobacco and spices. On the palate berries with soft and bright tannins and a licorice finish.

Gherardino 2016 - Vignamaggio

Gherardino 2016 – Vignamaggio

Chianti Classico Grand Selection

The Renaissance villa of Vignamaggio was built by the Gherardini family, whose fame is linked to the legendary figure of Mona Lisa de Gherardini, the famous “Gioconda”, portrayed by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1506. History and legend intertwine in the centuries on the presence of “Mona Lisa” in Vignamaggio: the similarity between Via Maggio in Florence (birthplace of Mona Lisa) and Vignamaggio, combined with the landscape portrayed by Leonardo, have led many to believe, erroneously, that the Mona Lisa was born here. For this reason, even today, the figure of the Mona Lisa is linked to Vignamaggio, who wanted to dedicate this wine to her.
The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is produced only in the best years, with the company’s grapes coming from the most suitable vineyards, namely those of Prato (West), Solatio (South-West) and Querceto (West / South-West). The blend consists of Sangiovese for 85% and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for 15%. The wine is aged partly in French oak barriques for 18-20 months and partly in larger barrels. The minimum overall refinement is 30 months, of which at least 6 in the bottle.

© Vignamaggio

Dark purple color with ruby highlights. The nose is harmoniously intense, between notes of dark cherries, plum and blackberry, supported by balsamic notes of menthol, tobacco and licorice.On the palate it is delicately full, the elegant and fine tannins support a beautiful body; long and savory finish.


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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

Writer, book author and magazine contributor, some of her works have appeared in the most popular International magazines.
Digital Content Manager and Communication Manager at "The Wolf Post", since the birth of the platform.

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