Castellina in Chianti

BRANCAIA belongs to the Castellina Community in Chianti and is located in the Siena Province.

Sea Level: 200- 250 M.a.s.l.
Orientation of the vineyards: South, South West
Orientation of the vine rows: North-South for the red varieties, West-East for the white varieties
Inclination: All hillside location, 0–10%

Soil Type: It is a loamy soil; sand, silt and clay are present in equal parts. The depth of the soil provides the wines with a high resistance against drought. Soil fertility is on average.

Climate: Continental climate, with cool winters (also below 0°C) and very warm summers. Temperatures can rise above 40°C during the warm season.
Average yearly temperature: 12.5°C
Annual rainfall: 890mm; rainfall occurs mainly from October–April

Total area of vines: 28 ha
Grape Varieties: 62% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc
Nurturing system: Single cordon for the red; Guyot for the white.
Plant density: 5680/ha for the red, 5000/ha for the white.

Cultivation: BRANCAIA follows the guidelines for an integrated production.
We have been participating in program 2078/92 regarding the restriction of fertilisers and chemical pesticides since 1996. We do not use any conventional insecticides. In this way, useful insects, such as the scale insect, the ladybird or the mite, can multiply. Through a partial greening, we also increase the population of useful creatures.

Irrigation: No
Harvest: Handpicking only