Alberto Antonini bought land next to his father?s estate in 2001 and planted about 50 hectares of vineyard. He set about ensuring the vineyards were state of the art, planted with a high density of 6,250 vines per hectare, which gives a low yield per vine and all the newest and best quality clones. The vineyards are situated on beautiful hills, some of them ?conche?, or shell-shaped, which are south and southwest facing. Located in the western part of the Chianti region, in the small village of Cerreto Guidi, the climate is milder than other parts of Chianti due to its proximity to the Mediterranean. The soil in the vineyards is of marine origin, the high calcium content producing wines of great elegance and complexity. Alberto has started the conversion to biodynamic production as he feels though minimal intervention will give a true reflection of the terroir. The process should take three years, with certification by 2014.
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