five kilometers northeast of Santa Cristina, the 100 hectares (247
acres) Peppoli Estate has 62 hectares (153 acres) under vine, which
yield Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico DOCG. Despite their unusual
exposure, Peppoli's east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in an
ideal microclimate, a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich stony
soil that is perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese.
vineyards are planted primarily with Sangiovese, with some Merlot and a
small quantity of Malvasia. Antinori has propagated various Sangiovese
clones here and believes that Peppoli will offer even greater promise
once this vine’s finest biotypes are determined. The estate has
impressive underground cellars.
Peppoli produces a single estate wine: Peppoli Chianti Classico, and a small production of Peppoli Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
purchased the property in 1985 to celebrate of the family's 600th
anniversary as Chianti producers, and presented their first vintage,
1985, in 1988. Vineyards have been tended at Peppoli at least since the
Middle Ages, when Vallombrosian monks under the jurisdiction of nearby
Badia a Passignano vinified wine at their Peppoli Monastery. In 1379,
when the Guelphs were defeated by the Ghibellines party, the monastery
was partially destroyed, and later abandoned.
its ruins, the Bonsignori family built a villa, subsequently owned by
other noble Florentine families, first the Gondis and then the Cerchi,
who, in the 16th century, built a small elegant chapel nearby,
dedicated to their ancestor, Saint Umiliana. Peppoli then passed to the
Ridolfi family and from them to the Saccardis, who sold the property to
Antinori in 1985. Peppoli also has 27 hectares (67 acres) of olive
groves with 5,500 trees, many dating back several hundred years.
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