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The Fattorie Melini grapes grow in the flat valleys and gently rising hills near Gaggiano in Chianti Classico. Founded in 1705 by the Florentine family of entrepreneurs of the same name, the winery convinces with fine wines of outstanding quality. This philosophy is carried by the oenologist Nunzio Capurso and his love for the landscape and nature. After several changes of ownership, Melini became part of the Gruppo Italiano Vini wine empire.
Right from the start, Melini invested heavily in the further development of its own production. The estate also provided decisive impetus for the worldwide triumph of Chianti. In 1860 it was Laborel Melini who first produced wine in bulbous wicker bottles ("fiasco") filled. The winery is also proud to be the first winery in Tuscany and one of the first in Italy to produce wines from selected grapes of the best plots. Since the 1970s, a four-storey winery - sensitively integrated into the landscape - has complemented the older building complex of the Fattorie. Particularly impressive is the large quality and research department equipped with modern technology. To press wines with improved style, without falsifying their essence, remains the most important goal.
Today the estate of Melini in Chianti and Chianti Classico covers a total of 554 hectares. Of this area, 136 hectares, spread over five estates, are used for vine cultivation with limited yields per hectare. The vineyards are planted according to the Guyot system (trellising method), with Sangiovese accounting for around 80 per cent, while Cabernet and Merlot account for the remainder. La Selvanella, situated at an altitude of 450 to 500 metres, is the vine hill that adorns the winery's most prestigious label. As a traditional producer, Melini Chianti continues to produce according to the very old Governo method. SUPERIORE.DE
"As early as 1877, the Chamber of Commerce and Crafts of Florence awarded the Melini winery a gold medal for its contribution to the spread of Tuscan wines on foreign markets. To this day, this award seems fully justified in view of Melini's serious and high-quality products."Gambero Rosso
- Year of foundation: 1705
- Owner: Gruppo Italiano Vini
- Oenologist: Nunzio Capurso
- Annual production: approx. 4,000,000 bottles
- Vineyard: approx. 145 hectares
- Conventional cultivation