Empoli, Tuscany, Italy
Alberto Antonini’s Poggiotondo estate is situated in the hills to the north-west of Empoli in western Tuscany. These hills are south and south-west facing, planted primarily with Sangiovese. The estate has been certified organic since the 2014 vintage.
Alberto’s dry and unoaked Vermentino comes from vineyards located on the Tuscan coast and has a lovely mineral aspect to it. His entry-level organic Chianti is vibrant and delicious. The Chianti Superiore is a step up, showing deep, dark fruit and earthiness. The Chianti Classico ‘Terre di Cresci’ is sourced from a seven hectare vineyard in the area known as ‘Cresci’ in Chianti Classico. With an average vine age of 35 years, this is a wine that is vibrant, complex and succulent. Alberto’s flagship wine is the ‘Vigna delle Conchiglie’, made solely from Sangiovese grown in the eponymous vineyard. The name of the vineyard “Conchiglie” means “seashells” in Italian; the soil here is rich in fossilised seashell giving the wine a silky and minerally character with lovely length, depth and definition.