Fattoria di Rodáno is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico in the famed region of Castellina in Chianti. The original farm dates to the Middle Ages and sits on the historic “Via Franchigena” used by pilgrims to travel from northern Europe to Rome. It became a wine-producing property in the sixteenth century. The winery has been in the Pozzesi family for three generations, since 1958. Vittorio Pozzesi, who owned the winery until his passing in 2012, was the President of the Chianti Classico Consortium. His son, Enrico is now the winemaker and managing partner of the winery.
In an area that is dominated by giant wineries, Rodano remains a small, family-run, artisanal estate practicing organic, traditional wine fermentations in cement and aging in large, neutral botte. Fattoria di Rodáno is a top source for classically made, user-friendly and complex Chianti. Located in Castellina in the heart of the Chianti Classico district, the estate dates back as a wine-producing property to the sixteenth century, belonging to the Pozzesi family ever since that time. Vittorio Pozzesi had been in charge of the estate since they first began to bottle wine on their own in 1967 but now his son, Enrico, handles the management of the winery. The domaine’s former winemaker was Guilio Gambelli, who passed away in 2012. Gambelli was one of the most legendary winemakers in Chianti, consulting for such estates as Montevertine and Gianfranco Soldera. Rodáno is quite a large estate, with more than a hundred hectares under vine, and is one of the best-kept secrets in all of Tuscany. The style of the Rodáno Chianti bottlings is quite traditional, with Sangiovese playing a dominant role in all of the estate’s various bottlings. The Chianti Classico “normale” is aged entirely in large Slovenian “botte,” and the Riserva is a combination of these large casks and used barriques. Like all great traditional Sangiovese-based wines, the Rodáno wines offer up lovely, bright acidity that adds freshness and focus on the palate, and makes them outstanding partners at the table.
The heart and soul of their vineyard holdings is the beautifully situated vineyard of Viacosta, which is a perfect, south-facing bowl of old vines, that average between thirty-five and forty-five years of age. In top vintages, the Rodáno Riserva Chianti bottling is made from the Viacosta vineyard. In addition to Sangiovese, the Viacosta vineyard also has a small parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon planted here, which is used in the estate’s IGT bottling, called Mon Nene. Mon Nene is one hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with little to now wood contact. Besides their “normale” and Riserva bottlings of Chianti, and Super Tuscan Mon Nene, Fattoria di Rodáno also produces a superb, value-oriented bottling called Poggialupi, which is made from ninety percent Sangiovese and ten percent Merlot. The Poggialupi is made for immediate access, with no rough edges and impressive brightness and succulence.