Val delle Corti
Val delle Corti is a family owned estate which has been crafting fine wines in Radda in Chianti since 1974 when Giorgio Bianchi moved the family here from the north of Italy. Since his death in 1999 the estate has been run by his son Roberto with his wife Lis and Eli, his mother. The estate produces about 30,000 bottles per year divided between Chianti Classico, Riserva and table wine. The Riserva is only made in really excellent years: in less favoura-ble vintages the grapes for this selection are combined with the others.
Roberto's priority has always been loyalty to the terroir and upkeep of a specific profile. In other words, they have never “sold their soul to the devil”, even at times when it appeared easier to follow the trend and opt for “internationalization” of Chianti Classico.
Roberto grows Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera grapes, the traditional old Chianti varieties, and aim to make “authentic” wines which perfectly express the distinctive features of the Radda terroir, allowing for variations from one vintage to the next: fresh fruit, rich minerally sensations and sophisticated texture.All the vineyard procedures are carried out manually, from pruning to harvesting. Fermentation and long maceration take place naturally in open vats.
The Chianti Classico (Sangiovese 95%, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera 5%) is matured in traditional oak barrels (2,000-3,000 litres) for 18 months, followed by 12 months in bottles. For the Riserva (Sangiovese 100%) they use French barriques (8-10 years old) and big oak vats for an overall ageing period of 24 months, followed by 12 months in bottle.
After years of integrated vineyard management, with a steadily increasing use of organic methods, Roberto is now converting to biodynamic methods. They have never used chemical herbicides or pesticides, preferring the traditional “green manure”, within the context of responsible, eco-sustainable farming.