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There is a hill in Tuscany called Monteraponi, and here you will find the rather isolated medieval hamlet of the same name and the Monteraponi winery. This is in the province of Sienna - Chianti country! In the late 10th century the village belonged to Count Ugo, Marchese and Governor of Tuscany. A building that was most likely the Lord's residence still stands and is where Monteraponi is located. Beneath the single-vaulted ceiling of 12th century wine cellar built under the tower, their wines mature today just as they did in Count Ugo's time. Monteraponi has been owned by the Florentine Braganti family since 1974, when it was acquired by Antonio Briganti. At that time they sold their grapes off to other growers. Then in 2003 Antonio's son, Michele Braganti and his wife Alessandra Deiana, produced and bottled the estate's own wine, and they have never looked back since. 12 hectares of vineyards are spread over Radda in Chianti, which is part of the Chianti Classico appellation, and planted as high as 570 metres above sea level - some of the highest vineyards in the Chianti region. The rocky subsoils are comprised of a mixture of alberese (weathered sandstone with a high proportion of limestone), and galestro (schistous clay) soils, which produce elegant high-toned wines with balanced acidity and precise tannins with good ageing potential. Monteraponi take a gentle hands-off approach to winemaking and reduce technology to a minimum. The grapes are hand-picked and destemmed by a machine that came from Burgundy, specially designed for delicate grape varieties like Sangiovese. The grapes are softly pressed to keep the skins as intact as possible. Fermentation is carried out in old concrete vats and elliptical-based truncated cone-shaped concrete vats, none of which have any thermal-controlled conditioning system, in order to make native yeast fermentation as natural as possible. The wines are aged exclusively in large oak Slavonian and Burgundian barrels, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. This boutique winery is known for its traditional and artisanal wines, honest expression of Chianti, and quite delicious!