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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. Rodano’s former winemaker was Guilio Gambelli, one of the most legendary winemakers in Chianti, consulting for such estates as Montevertine and Gianfranco Soldera.
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
Rodáno is a large estate by local standards, with more than a hundred hectares under vine. 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 35 and 45 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, named after Enrico's daughter.
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