Brancaia in Castellina
The vineyards around the Brancaia hill are in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti, at 200 to 250 meters above sea level. They face south and southwest, with a slope of 0 to 10 degrees. There is a continental climate – hot summers with maximum temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius and cool winters in which the thermometer sometimes falls below zero. The vines are rooted in a clay soil that contains equal proportions of sand, silt and clay. The depth of the soil gives the vines a high level of resistance to drought with average soil fertility. In Castellina we grow 62 percent Sangiovese, 25 percent Merlot, 8 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Sauvignon Blanc – without irrigation.
Average temperature over the year: 12.5 degrees Celsius.
Annual rainfall: 890 millimeters, mainly from October to April.
Vineyard area: 20 hectares.
Harvest: exclusively hand-picked.