In 1999, Silvio Massena returned from New York to embark on a new career. Accompanied by his wife Catalina and his son, he took over the family farm south of Florence in the Chianti Classico appellation. The property spans 49 hectares, 11.5 of which are planted with mostly Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vines. Biodynamic agriculture is practised and the wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts. Some wines are even aged in amphorae.
About the cuvée
Vigna d'Alceo is a cuvée which expresses the typical character of its terroir to perfection. It has been matured for between 12 and 15 months in oak barrels. It produces a bouquet of red and black berry aromas with smoky tobacco notes. The palate is juicy, full bodied and elegant, with dense substance and a great tannic structure.
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.