Podere Castellinuzza di Paolo Coccia

This beautiful 3.5 ha property, set high in the hills above Rada-In-Chianti, is a sort of holy grail of Sangiovese.

The Chianti from Castellinuzza is totally pure; an encapsulation of the Eden-like estate it comes from. Perhaps it's the isolation that makes the wine so different: the house which sits atop a plot of ancient Albarello-trained Sangiovese at the head of a lush, north-facing valley. To get to the vines one must walk through the family's vegetable garden, past the chickens...

Paolo Cochia, a peasant farmer, founded the estate in the 1960s. He still overseas things but increasingly it is daughters, Serena and Martina, who are in charge and who are continuing their Dad's philosophy for chemical-free farming. So what about the winemaking? Well it couldn't be simpler. The family picks the grapes, which are de-stemmed and put into a traditional cement tank until the fermentation is finished. The wine is then racked into an identical tank next to it for 12 months before being bottled. No interference, no messing about, just an honest translation of old vines, prime position and growing season.