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Il Borghetto, Tuscany

A pretty 30 ha estate nestled in amongst olive groves and woodland.

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 in 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. Treating Sangiovese more like Pinot Noir to explore what Tim sees as its untapped potential he ferments 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.

  • Varietals are femented, pressed, racked and barrel aged separately
  • Highly rated by Antonio Galloni and Jancis in 2018
  • In 2009 and 2010 the Bilaccio Chianti Classico 2005 and the 2005 Riserva received the highest accolades in the L'Espresso wine guide.
  • Wine making methods similar to those producing Pinot Noir are applied to the Sangiovese
  • Using Burgundy style bottles means the wine is declassified as IGP
  • Works sustainably and organically although not certified
  • Uses solar panels to provide most of their electrical needs