CERTOSA DI PONTIGNANO
Unique Chianti Classico wines from a special place
Alluring vineyards that embrace an age-old yet perfectly maintained 14th-century monastery:
welcome to Certosa di Pontignano. A special place that vaunts more than just a touch of magic, whisking you back in time to when the friars made the wine with an almost holy knowledge and
knowhow. A wisdom and workmanship that has been handed down over the centuries resulting in unique wines, products of the parental bonds between mankind and the land.
About Chianti Black Rooster Story
The Chianti Classico wine region extends across 70,000 hectares between Florence and Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. A location of legendary beauty with its gentle hills, verdant woods and olive groves, magical villages and row after tidy row of lush vineyards. In 1716, the region was demarcated and officially ratified by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, granting protection to the famous wine produced locally for centuries, now known worldwide as Chianti Classico DOCG, with the mythical Black Rooster (“Gallo Nero”) as its symbol, in remembrance of the rivalry between Florence and Siena. Certosa di Pontignano stands a short distance from the captivating Piazza del Campo, where horses and their jockeys gallop during Siena’s renowned twice-yearly Palio. The monks, here as everywhere, were privy to secrets about local produce and their seasonality, passing down the knowledge from generation to generation. Some of Europe’s finest food specialties are still available today thanks to the dedication of these religious communities.
Vineyards and Winery
Certosa di Pontignano is a bijou winery comprising four hectares of vineyards, but every inch is cared for in the minutest of details. Sangiovese, for the majority, Tuscany’s grape par excellence, but also a few select Canaiolo and Colorino vines, native varietals that add flourishes to the aroma and taste of these fine wines. Everything begins with painstaking work in the vineyard, aimed at keeping the vines in optimal conditions, with rich vital soil that favors organic agriculture. The same intent is directed at upholding the organoleptic characteristics of the grapes in the cellar.
During fermentation only indigenous yeasts are used and the wines are aged in 41 Hl French oak grand barrels. The Chianti Classico DOCG Certosa di Pontignano and its Riserva version are the utmost expressions of the local terroir: expansive, intense and intriguing.