The story of the Piccini family behind Badia al Colle is a story of four generations of passion, values, and knowledge of wine. Piccini is grounded to the Tuscan land and its traditions, but its not bound by it. In fact, Piccini today has an orange soul, a color that perfectly represents our vibrant dynamic and innovative personality, and an international brand, the brand of a company known and appreciated. The family owns five estates in Italy ranging from Tuscany to Basilicata to Sicily. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, Piccini is today one of the major players in Tuscany and its wines are distributed to 80 countries throughout the world. Our tradition begins in 1882, with Angelo Piccini, from a small family enterprice of only seven. Hah! Guided only by passion for winemaking, from him the next generations inherited the most important rule in Piccini winemaking: “It is not how much you do, but how much passion in the doing.” Nowadays, Tenute Piccini has four separate estate in its portfolio and ranks as one of the most recognized brands of Tuscan wine in the world.
Tuscany is a predominantly hilly region with vineyard elevations rising up to 550 meters above sea level. About a quarter of the landscape is mountainous and a scant 8 percent is officially classified as flat. Approximately 57,942 hectares of the region’s nearly 23,000 square kilometers is under vine. The main wine-growing areas of Tuscany include: Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, The Tuscan coast Sangiovese grapes thrive in the interior hillside vineyards in the Chianti zone that runs between Florence and Siena, as well as in the Montalcino and Montepulciano areas, where its best expressions evolve. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in the warmer areas along the Tuscan coast. Soils in Tuscany range from soft and crumbly, marl-like clay-limestone and dense sandstone in the Apennine foothills to sandy clay around San Gimignano and gravelly clay and sandy soils in the Bolgheri and Maremma areas. Tuscany’s climate is Mediterranean with dry, hot summers; warm springs; and mild, rainy autumns and winters. Variations in altitude, exposition, and diurnal temperatures in the foothills contribute to climatic conditions that help balance the sugar, acidity, and aromatics in the grapes—primarily Sangiovese—planted there. Coastal areas like Bolgheri and Val di Cornia tend to be more temperate. source: SevenFifty Daily
The Valiano Estate-named after the Latin term for "valor," is located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern side of the Chianti Classico zone. In the 1960's, the land was owned by the President of the Republic (which republic? Italy?) Giovanni Gronchi. AND was acquired by the Piccini family in 1995. The Valiano estate covers a total surface of 230 hectares, of which 70 hectares are dedicated to specialized vineyards. The varieties cultivated are mainly Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay. The vineyards are located at 400m above sea level, in perfect harmony with the soil typology (clayey and rocky soil with excellent natural drainage). The particular position of the vineyards, the soil and the climate contribute to create the perfect conditions for producing excellent quality wines. The entire winemaking process, aging and bottling takes place on the estate.