Nittardi Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico Sangiovese Italy 750ml

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Great respect is given to the different maturation periods of the different parcels and varieties of Nittardi wines, all the grapes are harvested by hand. Together with our consultant winemaker Carlo Ferrini we decide when and how to blend the different parcels and grape varieties to create our fine wines. Once the different wines are bottled, the ageing continues in the bottles in our climate-controlled warehouse.

Nittardi is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, with vineyards in Chianti Classico and the Maremma. The Nittardi Estate, on the boundary between the provinces of Siena and Florence, was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God).

ART As a tribute to its most celebrated owner, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Nittardi maintains and still loves the close link with art: every year since 1981 an international artist has created the label and a tissue paper wrapping for Casanuova di Nittardi Vigna Doghessa, a Chianti Classico sought by collectors worldwide. Celebrated contemporary artists such as TadiniAdamiHundertwasser, CorneilleJanssenMitorajA.R. PenckYoko Ono, Tomi Ungerer, Günter Grass, Dario Fo, Karl Otto Götz and Alain Clément have created special labels and wrapping for Casanuova di Nittardi.

Casanuova di Nittardi Vigna Doghessa, is also an emblem of the way wine is seen at Nittardi: a process of high professionalism which unfolds like life, with creative and meditative impulses. Wine means Culture with a capital C, like Art, Film and Poetry.

“I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts.”

In the 16th century, the vast property belonged to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti who, in 1549, while finishing the Sistine Chapel, wrote to his nephew Lionardo: “I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts.” On that same occasion, Michelangelo also sent Nittardi wine to Rome as a “genuine gift to the Pope Paolo III”. Today, in honour of that tradition, every year the first bottles of Nectar Dei, the top wine from the Maremma vineyards, are presented to the Pope.

Over the centuries the property changed hands often until, in 1981, it was taken over by the Frankfurt publisher and art gallerist Peter Femfert and his wife Stefania Canali, a historian from Venice. Stefania and Peter restored Nittardi step-by-step and with love and care. The vineyards were replanted and, in 1992, the ancient vat room was replaced by a modern cellar. A competent team of wine enthusiasts was put together, consisting of Carlo Ferrini, the consultant enologist and Giorgio Conte, the commercial director. The son of Stefania and Peter, Léon Femfert, has been managing the winery since 2013 overseeing the winemaking and the business side.

A splendid piece of land was purchased in Maremma, close to the coast in southern Tuscany, in 1999. Since then, 20 hectares have been planted there with local and international grape varietals. This is where Ad Astra and Nectar Dei, the Super Tuscans of Nittardi, are produced. In 2012, the Maremma also became the birthplace of Nittardi’s first white wine: BEN, a 100% Vermentino.

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