Antinori Badia a PassignanoBadia a Passignano 2018 (Magnum)Product code: 10995
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is a stunning vineyard located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, and is owned by the well-respected Antinori family. The vineyard has been producing wines since the middle ages and boasts some of the best Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG wines. The vineyard's terroir, consisting of limestone soil and a microclimate that provides ideal growing conditions, produces wines with distinct and complex flavors. Badia a Passignano is also home to a beautiful 10th century abbey that has been restored by the Antinori family and is a popular destination for wine tastings, tours, and special events. The vineyard is dedicated to sustainability and traditional winemaking techniques, making it a must-visit destination for wine lovers and history enthusiasts alike.
The 2015 Badia a Passignano shows an intense ruby red color. The nose expresses notes of ripe red fruit and intense hints of berry fruit and cherries under spirits along with the spicy and balsamic sensations. The wine is ample and enveloping on the palate with supple and velvety tannins; the freshness is excellent as well, as are the finesse and the length on the finish and aftertaste.
About the Winery
Antinori Badia a Passignano is a mysterious winery located south of the Tenuta Tignanello estate in Sambuca Val di Pesa town. Based in the Chianti Classico area, it starts with a conflicting history. The year the abbey got founded suffers from the lack of a distinct understanding. In the biography of San Zanobi written by Pietro Aretino, he mentions the founder of the Passignano monastery to be the archbishop of Florence in 395. However, there is no credibility to the statement because the oldest documents of the institution date back to 891.
Nevertheless, in 1049, the property of Badia a Passignano came into the possession of the Vallombrosian order. It was a reformed branch of the individuals called Benedicts who specialized in forestry and viticulture. Since then, the monastery gradually underwent conservation and restoration work. The construction changed the original appearance and structure of the building, turning it into what it is today.
The property owned by Antinori Badia a Passignano extends over 223 hectares. Of this, 65 hectares remains dedicated to the cultivation of vines. Numerous documents, now in the Florence State Archives, state the details of the historical significance of the estate in the region. They mention the Sangiovese vineyards and their relation with the local crops. This fact got established in the world when concrete proof got discovered in 1983. At that time, people found the vitis vinifera plant, which is a thousand years old, surrounding the land of Antinori Badia a Passignano.
In recent times, the 65 hectares of land of the abbey dedicates itself to handling the Sangiovese vines. They thrive at an altitude between 250-300 meters above mean sea level. The plants prefer calcareous soil that the naturally endowed Chianti Classico region can provide. These factors help in producing wines of the highest standard.