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Piccini

The Piccini family has been crafting wines in the heart of the Tuscan countryside for over 130 years, ever since Angiolo Piccini first picked grapes from his seven hectare vineyard to make Chianti. Four generations later, and brother and sister team Mario and Martina Piccini are at the helm, creating their range of classic Chianti wines from four estates scattered throughout the region. If you love Tuscan food and wine - from pasta to salsa pommodoro, Montepulciano to Montalcino - then Piccini promises to bring the flavour of sun-kissed Tuscany to your very own dining table.

 

The Piccini family in Tuscany can be traced back to 1510, but it was in the late 19th century when Angiolo Piccini began the family's winemaking tradition in his wife's home town of Poggibonsi, where Piccini is still based. Inspired by his stunning surroundings, Angiolo bought his first vineyard - a small plot of just seven hectares of vines and in 1882 he made his very first Chianti. Angiolo handed the company over to his son, Mario in 1925 and even in these difficult economic times he successfully secured Piccini's first overseas customers and launched Chianti's first real international brand. By this point, he had also tripled the size of the Piccini vineyards.

The third Piccini to take over the company was Pierangelo in 1963, he instilled the strong core values of quality, heritage and tradition of winemaking that can be found at the heart of the Piccini business today and focused on establishing close relations with local growers in order to have access to the finest fruit for their, by now, world famous Piccini Chiantis.

130 years on, Angiolo's great great grandchildren oversee four family estates, carefully selecting the very best grapes to produce the range of top quality Chianti wines we know and love today. In the early 1980's brother-and-sister team Mario and Martina Piccini began to work alongside their father to expand the Piccini company. This included buying Valiano - a Tuscan villa which once belonged to the President of the Italian Republic, and which came with its own top quality vineyards. The family's focus and energetic spirit remains at the heart of Piccini. Piccini's famous orange look was Martina's idea, her father wanted the company to be all red to represent the colour of Chianti wine, but Mario wanted to change to yellow as a sign of modern times. Orange was a compromise but also symbolised the passion and excitement that they feel about their wines.

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    Poggio Teo is a single vineyard wine produced at our Valiano estate high in the hills of the Chianti Classico region. Valiano is the family home of the Piccinis and the wines made here come from vineyards only in the Chianti Classico region. Poggio Teo is the name of the vineyard recognisable by it's 3 distinctive trees at the top of its hill.

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    From the sun-kissed hills of Tuscany and beyond comes a range of wines made with the passion and know-how that only four generations of producing wine can give. These wines personify the Piccini culture: traditional but lively, fun and made with passion.

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    Our vision for the Memoro range of wines was to create "Italy in a bottle", and we didn't just want to taste like "Italy", we wanted it to feel like Italy! Our winemaker Antonella used the new Vino d'Italia classification to launch Memoro red last year, and now she has also made a white. Antonella travelled the length and breadth of Italy to find the perfect blends, and the result is awarding winning delicious wines from all four corners of the country!

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    Piccini's passion and excitment for wine has driven them to expand away from their Tuscan roots to other regions. This award winning Prosecco is produced using the best Glera grapes from the vineyards located in the province of Treviso. The Prosecco is perfect for celebrations and parties, with it's fresh apple, lemon and acacia flower aromas and its explosion of fresh bubbles.

 

Antonella Conti has been making wine at Piccini since 2006, when she joined the company from another Tuscan producer. Her roots are in Tuscany but she also made wine in Bordeaux and Argentina to gain experience, which Antonella says is key to being a winemaker: "I think it's important to experience how things are done in other countries - spending time in the vineyards and experimenting with all the latest techniques for making wine." This innovative spirit of experimentation is at the heart of the Piccini spirit. However, as a Tuscan native Chianti is in Antonella's roots. She says, "it's my culture, my land. When you drink a glass of Chianti, you drink the flavours of Tuscany - its bright colours, its liveliness and the sincerity of the people who have produced this wine for generations." In Tuscany, and true of the rest of Italy, food and wine exist together and Antonella's favourite Tuscan dish is 'Bistecca Fiorentina' (beefsteak Florentine style with a drizzle of extra virgin Tuscan olive oil). Antonella's top tip for food and wine matching is to make sure that one doesn't overwhelm the other.

"If you're eating a spicy or strongly-flavoured dish, you need a structured and powerful wine that stands up to the food; if you're eating a lighter meal, you need a more delicate and elegant wine. Stick to these principles and mealtimes take on a whole new meaning!"

Memoro is Italy in a bottle. Travelling the length of the country this project is the result of long research and experimentation, testing and blending - finally a mix of four classic varietals from all four corners of the country. Memoro is about paying tribute to our homeland and to centuries of Italian wine culture. By creating a wine from several regions, we have produced a wine that tastes and feels truly Italian! The red blend is Primitivo from Puglia right down in the heel of Italy, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from the middle of the country, Nero d'Avola from sun soaked Sicily and finally a splash of Merlot from Veneto in the north. The white is predominantly made from Viognier from Sicily and features Chardonnay from Trentino, Vermentino from Maremma and finally a touch of the ancient Italian grape of Marche, Pecorino.

In the 1980s fourth generation brother-and-sister team Mario and Martina Piccini began to work alongside their father to expand Piccini and the family bought Valiano, a Tuscan villa which once belonged to the President of the Italian Republic, and which came with its own top quality vineyards. Here Piccini's winemaker Antonella makes the Valiano estate Chianti wines from the grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding the house, the scenic slopes of the Chianti Classico region. These wines range from an aged Chianti Classico Riserva to the single vineyard "Poggio Teo" which is named after the vineyard plot characterised by its 3 trees on the top of a hill. It is here, surrounded by the vines, that 3 generations of the family live, along with their collection of dogs and a cellar full of a dusty treasure trove of wines.

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