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A gift from Fattoria Viticcio, this dessert wine is blended from old vine Trebbiano, Malvasia and Canaiolo. Aged in small casks for 10-12 years, it experiences gentle oxidation that creates a nutty bouquet, reminiscent of the great Spanish sherries. This sweet and complex wine is best paired with cheese, dried fruits, nuts, or desserts that are not too sweet like biscotti or dry scones.
The Viticcio Estate stands amidst a rustic complex, charmingly situated on the gentle and sunny ridge of a hillside, overlooking sloping vineyards with superb sun exposure, above the picturesque, ancient town of Greve in Chianti. It lies midway between the cities of Florence and Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico region.
The history of Viticcio is actually the history of the Landini family which, in the early 1960s became the owner of the winery. The founder, Lucio Landini, an engineer, was also a man deeply attached to Tuscan tradition, the Chianti soil and its products. During a time of great economic crisis Lucio and his wife Franca, compelled to undertake the risky financial venture of starting up a winery, decided to aim high and count primarily on exportation. From these modest beginnings the focus remains the same today - the production of high quality wines worthy of an expert international clientele.
Viticcio in now owned and managed by Alessandro Landini who, by following in his father’s footsteps, is the epitome of a new class of wine entrepreneurs. His work philosophy can be summed up in the three fundamental characteristics; passion for viticulture and the techniques and science of wine-making, competence, and professionalism. Alessandro obtained his degree in Business Economics (with a thesis on the Economics of Chianti ) and then dedicated himself entirely to the wine business.
Tuscany is the quintessential Italian wine region, a place where the Renaissance was born and the Church has reigned. Wine has found a place as one of the most humble of comforts with the people of Tuscany, on the table at every meal or served with a piece of bread as the meal itself. Though all made from the most famous of Tuscan grapes, Sangiovese, Tuscany is the birthplace of some of the most recognizable Italian wines: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Italy's also a land of district microclimates, so while traditional red's feature the sangiovese grape, they can showcase different lands of structure and flavor characteristics.