The landscape is so varied and its happy disposal lets your eyes, wherever they land, find refreshment. (Plinio il Giovane)
The vineyards of Terre Melazzano are all located in the well-defined area of ??Chianti Classico between the toscan provinces of Florence and Siena. Aside from the wonderful landscape, this territory is very special for both its composition and microclimate conditions that make it ideal for the cultivation of the vine. The soil consists mainly of sandstone rocks and sands flaking from the parent rock, especially the marl, the altitude, exposure, perfect aeration and prolonged solar light complete a perfect "terroir". All our vineyards are fertilized organicaly.
The Melazzano Vineyard is located at 280 meters above sea level and extends over the lovely hill below the company for 12 ha, facing south-east south-west. The old vines of Sangiovese, with low productivity but with exceptional quality allows a particular aging potential of the wines produced. It is flanked by new plantings of Sangiovese and Merlot, grown in part in "cordon" in part "Guyot".
It occupies the hill to the right of Terre Melazzano. On a 6-Ha, facing south and west, thanks to the particular soil and climatic conditions, recent home to plants of specific clones of Sangiovese and R 10 Cannaiolo.
At the top of the hill to the left of Terre Melazzano, an area of ??7 hectares, has been for about twenty years entirely planted with Sangiovese. Due to its elevated position it enjoys a high ventilation that provides greater temperature range than the bottom of the valley. Given the quality of the grapes "Poggiarelli", characterized by very low phytosanitary, in 2012 we decided to produce our innovative Chianti Classico without sulfites, a unique product of its kind.
In "Poggiarelli" during 2014 two more hectares of vineyards will be planted with some white grapes used for the production of our Vin Santo
Chianti is a land rich in wine-making tradition of which there are Etruscan and Roman remains. The first documents of the League of Chianti that identify the area as an area of ??wine production go back to the xIII century.
The League of Chianti was an alloy of rural towns (Radda, Gaiole and Castellina) with a charter, to defend and administer the territory. The coat of arms had a picture of a black cock on a gold background, now an emblem of the Chianti Classico Consortium for the protection of its namesake.
The origins of the brand seems to be anchored to the ancient rivalry between Siena and Florence: the two republics fought over territorial boundaries for many years, and to put an end to these disputes two knights decided to start out from the respective walls "at cockcrow" and where they met after they galloped toward each other would have established the geographical border between the two cities.
The Sienese chose a nice white cock, which soon fattened after being fed to much although with the best intentions.
The Florentines chose a black rooster and gave it little to eat. The day of the challenge, the black cock being hungry began to sing before dawn, and so the Florentine rider set off much earlier than the Siena rider, managing to get very close to the rival city walls and win the Chianti (Creative Commons License Attribution - Share Alike 3.0 Unported).