The vineyards of Villa Cerna stretch across the first hill encountered when travelling from Siena towards Chianti Classico. The Cecchi family purchased the estate during the early '60s, and then proceeded with its restoration and construction of the wine cellar. The farming knowledge, alongside on-going experimentation, enabled a reorganization of the vineyards. On the one hand, the winery selected plant varieties that had been historically present in the vineyards. While on the other, it undertook cutting-edge clonal research to identify varieties suited to the soil and climate characteristics of the terrain. Villa Cerna is one of the gates to the heart of Chianti Classico. Its strategic position has turned this area into a place of absolute importance in the geography and history of Chianti. The vast valley that leads up towards Castellina, in Chianti, allows for excellent exposure to sunlight in order to guarantee the perfect ripening of grapes. The soils of this land date back to the Pliocene Era and show the presence of clay, limestone deposits, yellow sand and marine fossils. The elements of the soil give rise to a distinct, recognizable flavor: these wines play with the floral subtlety of perfumes, a broad, warm palate, and unwavering support of just the right level of acidity.
Anyone who wouldn’t want to work with the Cecchi family would have to be nuts, and when I was contacted by the family about representing their wines in the US I was excited to say the least. Andrea and his family have over 125 years of winemaking history in the Chianti Classico region and their family name is amongst the most recognizable in Italian wine. Volio has the opportunity to build the estates for the family. These are the gems of their vineyard holdings and really represent the future of the Cecchi name.
Stony with an alkaline presence