All the wines are exclusively produced with estate grown grapes. They are distinguished by a traditional style which mainly favours elegance and finesse, rather than power.
The aim is to retain a strong ‘terroir’ identity, an authentic expression of the most northern part of the Chianti Classico area, which is characterized by its great potential and which is becoming the subject of growing attention. Villa del Cigliano is becoming a point of reference in this area, and plays an active role in the current debate on the zoning of the Chianti Classico appellation.
Special attention should also be given to the Vinsanto which, rather than displaying the more recently accepted straightforward taste, demonstrates the dry character, which is typical of the true Tuscan tradition.
In the vineyards, year on year, we are extending the practice of organic agriculture, with the objective of becoming certified in a few years time. A lot of effort is being dedicated to traditional red grape varieties such as Colorino and Canaiolo.
In the cellar we focus on the use of big Oak wood casks, together with an extended ageing period which is much longer than that required by the Chianti Classico production regulations. We are also re-using cement vats more frequently, a big asset dating back to the ‘50s.
Reducing environmental impact is one of our major concerns; we are addressing this issue through the use of renewable energy, energy saving methods and waste management.
Cigliano has been a proud member of FIVI the Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers (www.fivi.it) since 2009, and is actively nurturing a network of wine producers from the San Casciano area.