Podere Il Palazzino
The Sderci family have owned Podere il Palazzo since the mid 19th century. It is now in the hands of brothers Alessandro and Andrea Sderci who took over management in the 1970's, olive oil being the main livelihood until then. They are located in Monti in Chianti, in the southern part of the Chianti Classico region. The Sderci's cultivate their estate with organic principles. The grapes for their 100% Sangiovese DOCG Chianti Classico wines come from two single vineyards. The roughly 2 hectare Grosso Sanese (their flagship wine) is cultivated on calcareous ground composed of the prized alberese and galestro soils. The 3 hectare Argenina is planted at 310 metres above sea level. Vineyard management is meticulously imposed with canopy, soil and yield management all carried out with a passionate attention to detail. The grapes are hand-picked and a minimal interventionist approach is carried out in their underground cellar, with native yeasts utilised for spontaneous fermentations. Stainless steel is used to ferment the Argenina, and 50 hl truncated conical oak vats for the Grosso Sanese wine. The Chianti's are aged in French Allier oak barriques. They also produce two IGT wines from a 2 hectare vineyard in Lecchi in Chianti. Bertinga is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, and Stagi is an unusual wine vinified entirely from Colorino. An outstanding Vin Santo is also produced from Malvasia and Trebbiano. Podere il Palazzino have a high reputation for their wines which are deliciously complex and a complete steal!