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Welcome to La Roccaia Agriturismo - Tuscany

Tuscan wines

tuscan wines


Antonio Ricci’s Etruscan ancestors have been producing wine in Tuscany since at least the 8th century BC, when the first exporting of wine to southern Italy and Gaul (modern day France) was recorded. 3rd century BC Greek writers even made reference to the quality of Tuscan wines. The first mention of Chianti was made in the 14th century, at which time the Vernaccia wines of San Gimignano were considered luxury items that were treasured more than even saffron.

 

The nearby Mediterranean Sea gives the area a warm, sunny climate, while the hilly Tuscan terrain has a tempering effect on summer heat, with the higher elevations helping Tuscan grapes maintain their unique balance of sugars, acidity and aromatic quality.

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The Ricci family has produced its own wine since 1951, producing 150q that year. In 1979 the family made its first planting of Vernaccia di San Gimignano grapes. Shortly after, in 1980 the first Chianti Colli Senesi grapes were planted in the vineyard. In 1994 Antonio Ricci and family began bottling all wine on-premesis at La Roccaia itself. In 2006 work began on the latest incarnation of the ever-expanding Ricci wine fermentation cellar (700 m2), and was completed in 2009. In 2011 1,050q of wine was produced at the farm. La Roccaia currently comprises 16 hectares of vineyard, 2 hectares of olive grove, and 14 hectares of arable land.

 

Today, Famiglia Ricci’s La Roccaia produces 10 varieties of wine, including white (Bianca and Vernaccia di San Gimignano), red (Rosso and Chianti Colli Senesi), sparkling wine (Spumante), grappa and vin santo, as well as Olive Oil, under the family label.

 

The featured wine varieties grown and produced today at La Roccaia are:

 

Chianti Colli Senesi

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Sangiovese

Vino Bianco

Vino Rosato

Vino Rosso

Vin Santo

Spumante

Grappa

Grappa Riserva

Olive Oil

 

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