WINERY

Brancaia

Radda in Chianti, Province of Siena

Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer, with daughter Barbara, run this property better than clockwork and, in two decades, have firmly established Brancaia as one of Tuscany’s leading estates.

  • Established

    1981
  • Owned by

    Widmer family
  • Winemaker(s)

    Barbara Widmer
  • Viticulture

    Conventional

The vineyards at Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia (Castellina) are on ideal hillside locations at 230-400 metres above sea level, planted to 6000 vines per hectare on lean, stony, calcareous soil to naturally produce a low yield.

 

Their flagship Super Tuscan, Il Blu, made its debut with the 1988 vintage and has since garnered twelve Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 20 months in French barrique, Il Blu is jam-packed with rich, ripe powerful fruit that is beautifully balanced with freshness and elegance. It drinks well in its youth, but has the structure to age gracefully over 20 years in the best vintages.

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