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The Story

Half of the grapes for Belcanto Chianti Classico come from our vineyards at Nittardi, located 450 meters above sea level, while the other half come from our vineyard in San Quirico, located south of Castellina at 270 meters. While at Nittardi we only have Sangiovese grapes, the San Quirico vineyard, planted in 1968, has Sangiovese and small amounts of seven other local grape varieties, including Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera. Both vineyards enjoy a soil mix of limestone and clay with a rich skeleton of schist, which engenders the wine with a pleasant minerality. On the label of Belcanto, Michelangelo is portayed in a mosaic of Galestro stones, typical of the soil of our terroir.

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The winery

The boutique winery Nittardi lies between Castellina and Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Nittardi was 􏰀rst mentioned as „Nectar Dei“ in 1183. In the 16th century, the winery belonged to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who produced his own wine here. He is known to have sent some of his wine to the Pope in Rome as a „genuine gift“.

The vineyard

All grapes come from our own vineyards in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti. Half of the grapes for Belcanto come from our vineyards at Nittardi, located 450 meters above sea level, while the other half come from our vineyard close to Villa Rosa, located south of Castellina at 270 meters. The Villa Rosa vineyard, planted in 1968, has Sangiovese and small amounts of seven other local grape varieties, including Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Mammolo, Foglia Tonda and Pugnitello. Both vineyards enjoy a soil mix of limestone and clay with a rich skeleton of schist, which engenders the wine with a pleasant minerality.

The name and the label

In the world of music, Belcanto represents the harmony displayed by a complete work. Belcanto also echoes the harmony displayed by a complete work. Belcanto also echoes the adage of the great wine critic Luigi Veronelli: „Wine is the earth‘s hymn to the heavens.“ In every way, Belcanto is the 􏰀tting name for Nittardi‘s newest composition. The label refers to the history and terroir of the wine: eight pebbles in the colors of the gray galestro soil and the typically red color tone of Chianti Classico – like the eight notes of the scale and the eight grape varietals of Belcanto. And looking out from this mosaic of eight pebbles, the face of the historic owner of Nittardi: the Italian master painter and archetypical „Renaissance Man“, Michelangelo Buonarroti.

The vintage

2015 is an outstanding vintage that we will bring us much joy for a long time to come. After a real winter that brought snow in most parts of Tuscany and a mild spring arrived suddenly at the end of May and was one of the hottest we can remember. Thanks to a general dry season we were able to harvest perfectly ripe and healthy grapes 􏰀rst in the Villa Rosa vineyard and a week later – in the middle of September – at Nittardi.

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Elegant ruby-red color, juicy cherry, raspberry and spicy aromas with hints of Mediterranean herbs and 􏰁oral notes on the nose. Medium bodied with grippy tannins on the palate and a fresh and velvet 􏰀nish. Excellently suited to Tuscan appetizers and charcuterie as well as to all variations of pasta. Best served at approx. 16° C (61° F).

Awards & accolades

Gambero Rosso 2018 - 3 glasses

James Suckling - 92 P

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