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Florence Box: Fattoria Il Viticcio

Let’s enter the marvelous frame of Chianti, where vineyards appear as an endless expanse that fills the view of the hills. It is the particular combination of climatic conditions, mainly hilly terrain and wine traditions that made this area famous all over the world. We are in Greve in Chianti, a town which is now totally dedicated to enogastronomical tourism, where near it are noticed in great number vineyards and wineries. A dirt road licked by many rows of vines leads us in front of this historical winery. The main activity is wine making, but it is also a receptive structure where it is possible to participate to wine tastings of the wine produced here. We came here to be explained how vin santo is made, whose name is due to the fact that the grapes, after being dried, are pressed during the Holy Week, in order to obtain a typical dessert wine. The harvest is still to be done, as the winemaker Daniele tells us, so much so that we get closer to the vines and the bunches of grapes appear nice and compact, waiting to be picked.

Helen is the young owner from Ukraine, who decided to take over the winery a few years ago: a dream that she was able to realize, that of coming to live in these lands where “opening the window you can see a postcard”, putting together a team of people who every day offer their availability to reveal the treasure of Chianti, its wine of course. Daniele reminds us that Vin Santo is made with Chianti Classico grapes, which are usually selected with great care before the harvest and once fermented, are aged for a period of no less than seven years in oak barrels. We enter first the vinsantaia, an attic room with barrels that boast almost a century of history, and then the bottaia, a cellar that highlights a series of barrels of great value. Daniele tells us about his passion for his job, which consists in paying daily attention to the plants and to the whole production process, culminating in the realization of the finished product: a wonderful bottle of vin santo called “Occhio di pernice”, because of its amber color. A safety for the eyes and for the palate.