Cecchi Winery was founded in 1893 by Luigi Cecchi in a small Tuscan village called Poggibonsi. Cecchi, a well-known enologist and entrepreneur, saw the great growth potential for first-rate Tuscan wine and carefully laid the foundation for a family business that has thrived for well over a century.
During the 1950s Luigi’s grandson (also named Luigi) had the foresight to buy several of the best properties in Tuscany and the family soon began bottling wines under the Cecchi name. By the 1970s, with their roots digging deeply into the acclaimed Chianti Classico area, the Cecchis built a state-of-the-art winery in Castellina in Chianti, a small comune of about 2,800 residents that is considered one of the most exceptional areas in Tuscany for growing sangiovese.
Since 2004, fourth generation brothers Andrea and Cesare have been running the family business, now comprised of estates in several areas of Tuscany: Maremma, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, and Montalcino, as well as one vineyard in the region of Umbria, in Montefalco.
The Cecchi family champions sustainable winemaking and considers protecting the beautiful environment and landscape to be an important part of working in the agricultural sector. The land should be protected and farming should be respectful. Sustainability for them is not just agricultural but it is also an approach they take when looking to the future of winemaking.
Luigi Cecchi purchased Villa Cerna in 1962, during a key rebuilding moment for Chianti Classico. This was the first of the Cecchi Family’s estate purchases. Over the past 60+ years they have reorganized and revitalized the vineyards, undertaking meticulous environmental research to identify the ideal clones for the local soil types and microclimates of the property. The soil here dates back to the Pilocene era and includes a mix of clay, limestone, yellow sand, calcareous marine fossils. The swooping valley that leads up to Castellina in Chianti provides ideal sun exposure for the vineyards of Villa Cerna, of which almost 95% are Sangiovese.
Visitors traveling from Siena into Chianti Classico are greeted by the historic site of Villa Cerna as they cross the first hill into the famed sub-region. The villa itself is an old monastery, dating back to the 11th century CE. The monks that lived on the land tended to the surrounding vineyards and agriculture, including 1001 olive trees planted in the year 1001 to celebrate the new millennium. In fact, some of these trees still produce fruit that go into Villa Cerna’s aptly-named olive oil, “Milleuno.”
Villa Cerna ‘Primocolle’ Chianti Classico 2017
Villa Cerna’s Primocolle Chianti Classico is so named as it is the ‘first hill’ that you encounter when leaving Siena, heading north into Chianti.
The rock star of the Villa Cerna lineup… this is an every day wine for people that have been or want to
go to Italy. Take 2 bottles… You’ll open it as you prepare dinner and need a second bottle by the time
93 Points – James Suckling
In 1996, Famiglia Cecchi purchased the Val delle Rose winery in the little village of Poggio la Mozza, which lies at the heart of Morellino di Scansano appellation. The Cecchi family has been a pioneer of the Maremma area, believing in the great potential of the area just a few kilometers from the Meditterranean Sea. Val Delle Rose is now the biggest winery in the Morellino di Scansano appellation.
Val Delle Rose ‘Litorale’ Vermentino 2019
Litorale perfectly represents the territory from which it comes. “Littoral” is a geographical description of the tidal coastal zones that extend from the beach down to the nearshore. With its three deckchairs, the wine label sums up exactly what this wine is all about; stylish, carefree relaxation. Serve with seafood and risotto.
90 points – James Suckling
“Cooked apples and pears with some lemon undertones. It’s medium-bodied with creamy texture and a long, flavorful finish.”
Val Delle Rose ‘Morellino’ di Scansano 2019
The perfect representation of Sangiovese from the Maremma. The vines enjoy the best climatic conditions; steady breezes balanced with an almost continuous exposure to the sun.
The aroma shows intense notes of wild cherry that are typical of this varietal. They add a richness and pleasant sharpness. Smooth and full flavoured on the palate.
91 points – James Suckling
“An enticing, soft Morellino with cherry and raspberry-jam character. Soft tannins and a fruity finish.”