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Il Borghetto, Italy

The Azienda Agricola Il Borghetto do things differently in this most well known and established region of Italy.

Led by English winemaker Tim Manning who cut his vinous teeth with vintages in Oregon, there is a determination to show the potential of the region. As a result he is at odds with the Consorzio of Chianti Classico over his methods and approach.

Viticulture

Treating Sangiovese more like Pinot Noir to explore what Tim sees as its untapped potential he ferments the wines in concrete after being cultivated with organic and biodynamic practices and finally it is bottled in Burgundy shaped bottles to aid development. Doing all this has resulted in the wines being declassificated to IGP status. This has not bothered Tim one jot, with repeated top accolades from the well regarded L’Espresso guide and gaining respect from Jancis, their approach is validated. With only a third of the 30ha estate under vine producing less than 1600 cases a year they are a small, but a bright thread in Chianti’s tapestry.

Winemaking

Each block is fermented, pressed, racked and barrel aged separately. By bottling in Burgundy bottles, the regulations from the Consorzio of Chianti Classico means the wines are declassified to IGP status.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Works sustainably and organically although uncertified. Most of the power comes from solar panels.
  • Smale scale production (1600 cases)
  • Treating Sangiovese more like Pinot Noir to explore the untapped potential the wine is fermented in concrete and wins top accolades from the well regarded L'Espresso guide.