It’s a rare occasion to find an organic wine on the Italian list. organic chianti wine (vino chianti biologico) is more expensive, and they usually come from small vineyards with low yields. However, there are places to have some passionate people making Chianti wines:
Montemaggio is a small, family-owned winery in the heart of Tuscany. The estate has been organic since 1998 and biodynamic since 2001. I love Montemaggio wines because they are expressive of their terroir. Each bottle tells a story of the land it comes from, with a sense of minerality and saline notes.
2. Villa Calcinaia.
Villa Calcinaia is a working farm that produces 100% organic wines by Fattoria La Tenuta Agricola, part of The Winebow Group, an Italian-American wine importing company with offices in New York and Milan. They are one of the very few wineries to produce all of their wines from a single estate located in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany.
3. Isole e Olena.
Isole e Olena is a biodynamic estate founded in 1991 by Paolo de Marchi, considered one of the fathers of organic wine production in Italy. The vineyards are located on a ridge overlooking the Val d’Elsa, and the vineyard soils are rich in minerals with a high percentage of clay.
4. Castello di Bossi.
Castello di Bossi is a biodynamic estate founded in 1992 by the Ricasoli family, making wine in Tuscany for centuries. The vineyards are located on a hilltop in the heart of Tuscany at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level with soils that are rich in clay.
5. Poggio Antico.
Poggio Antico is a biodynamic estate founded by Walter Massa and today run by the second generation of his family, Emanuele and Marco Massa, along with their spouses Renata Menini and Patrizia Rana, respectively.
There are a few more organic Tuscan wineries, but these are my favorites. So, if you ever find yourself in Tuscany, do yourself a favor and explore the world of organic Chianti wines. You won’t be disappointed!