Harvest at Riecine, La Gaiole in Chianti
who grows the grapes at Riecine? who makes the wines?
In fact, Sean has recently quit making a Chianti Classico Riserva because so many different grapes are allowed to be used in Riservas. Instead, his “Riecine di Riecine” is 100% Sangiovese from the estate’s oldest vines. This view of Chianti as Burgundy, with a focus on soil and the expression of Sangiovese in it’s purest form is neither traditional nor what we might call modern, but it produces wines of tremendous elegance.
what wines do they make at Riecine?
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when was Riecine founded?
The winery has undergone a massive renovation since our first visit in the late 200o’s with two major changes. First, Sean has been able to design a facility that meets his every wish as a winemaker. This means lots of neutral, concrete tanks for fermentations and a clean, organized work space with room to expand. The second change is that as of the spring of 2014, a neighboring property that belonged to John Dunkley’s brother has been added to the estate and will increase the amount of wine that can be produced significantly. As the vines are being replanted, this won’t affect the estate for a while, but it reflects their dedication to quality and estate grown fruit.
where is Riecine?
why is Riecine a Candid Wine?
how is Riecine made?
Organic farming with selected practices from Biodynamics are at the core of Riecine’s winegrowing philosophy. Here, Sean O’Callaghan discusses the 500 and 501 preparations used at the estate.