Tenuta di Bibbiano
Surrounded by vast olive groves of more than three thousand plants, the estate itself spans over 220 hectares. The vineyards of Bibbiano extend over a total area of about 30 hectares between 270 and 310 metres above sea level, set on hill slopes that enjoy an enviable exposure and an excellent microclimate, characterised by clay deposits of the Pliocene age that are rich in limestone. As one would expect, Sangiovese is the primary varietal planted, but the brothers also have holdings of Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Ciliegiolo as well as small amounts of white varieties, Trebbiano, Grechetto and Malvasia di Chianti.
It was in 1942 that wine legend Giulio Gambelli arrived at Bibbiano, advising on everything from clonal selection to canopy management. Giulio remained integral to the winery`s restructuring in the following decades. In 1969 the first vinification took place, the first vintage the following year. In 2001, Giulio recruited Stefano Porcinai to take the helm at Bibbiano, as Stefano had been learning from Giulio for some time. Giulio`s passing in 2012 was a true loss to the region - and the winemaking community across the world - yet the wines at Bibbiano remain a constant reminder of his philosophy and his skill. These are terrior driven, classically structured wines, with such grace and charm.
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