Around 230,000 bottles of wine are produced every year, divided between Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, I.G.T. and Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC. The vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks of various capacities. After devatting, Grape the wine goes through the malolactic fermentation which normally takes around 20-30 days. After racking, the wine is refined in barrels of various sizes according to the type of wine. During these initial phases, numerous tastings are carried out in order to decide upon the destination of the various batches and, thus, the type of aging to which they are to be subjected.
The Gherardi family who bought the villa from the Gherardini at the end of the 16th century, were responsible for its present appearance. Mona Lisa, the daughter of Anton Maria Gherardini, was born at Vignamaggio in 1479. The Gherardini were a noble family in Tuscany, probably of Etruscan or Roman origin. Next tirne you glance at Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, don’t focus on the halfsmiling face, but notice instead the delicately painted landscape of hills, vineyards, castles, and cypress trees in the background. That’s almost exactly the view you. get when you relax on the terrace outside your suite at Vignamaggio, a 400-acre wine estate in the Chianti area of Tuscany. There’s no reason to be surprised: Leonardo grew up just a few miles from here.