The fragrance and crispness of Sangiovese and Vermentino.
ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Ancient olive trees, hand-picking, cold pressing, these are the secrets of Dianella oil.
Dianella is located in Vinci, the birthplace of the genius Leonardo. Vinci is part of Montalbano, to the west of Florence, one of the Chianti DOCG zones, characterized by soft wines with intense flavors. The village of Dianella dates back to the 16th century. It consists of a few houses, the church of “San Michele de Aliana”, and the Villa, one of the Medici hunting lodges. Dianella is derived from “Diana”, the goddess of hunting. After the Medici, the estate became the property of the Fucini family. Here, the poet Renato Fucini composed most of his works. It’s certain that wine production was already present at that time. At the beginning of the 1900s, Dianella was purchased by the Billeri family and later by the Counts Passerin d’Entrèves et Courmayeur. In the last century, Dianella wines, and in particular Chianti, were known throughout Italy. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Dianella flask was on the tables of the most famous Italian restaurants, while the bottle was prominently displayed in the menus of official lunches at the Quirinale.
In 2001, Francesco and Veronica Passerin d’Entrèves began the restoration of the village and the development of the estate. Dianella offers a selection of wines made in respect of tradition and the philosophy that wine should be an expression of its territory of origin. The estate spans 90 hectares, with 26 hectares of vineyard managed organically. The predominant variety is Sangiovese, complemented by Colorino, Malvasia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Vermentino, and Orpicchio – all native varieties. The total production is 130,000 bottles. In addition to Chianti, the winery offers a selection of organic wines, primarily based on Sangiovese. Interestingly, the names of the IGT wines are inspired by the stories of Renato Fucini. The winemaking is entrusted to Franco Bernabei. Our main market is Italy, along with the United States, Asia, and Northern Europe.
THE WINERY AND THE VINIFICATION
The cellars of Dianella are located beneath the villa and the park. The modernization of the old cellars was carried out by carefully restoring the aesthetics and functions of the original rooms and organizing modern, cutting-edge technological spaces. Therefore, at Dianella, the contemporary operational reality interfaces with that of the ancient cellars transformed into a museum. Each vineyard plot is harvested separately. Once harvested, the grapes are transported to the cellar where vinification takes place in small steel tanks, with careful control of the fermentation process and maintaining the characteristics of each individual vineyard separate. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation process, the wines are transferred to the concrete cellar for the second fermentation and subsequently to barrels of various sizes, French oak barriques or tonneaux in the aging cellar. Frequent laboratory checks accompany the wines during their development, even during the long aging in bottles in temperature-controlled rooms, before reaching their final destination.
LA VIGNA DI LEONARDO
The Vigna di Leonardo is a tribute to the genius on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of his death. The Malvasia di Candia pruning shoots from the vineyard in Milan were planted in Vinci on May 2, 2019, as a symbol of Leonardo da Vinci’s passion for wine and his homeland.
A FAMILY WINERY
Francesco e Veronica Passerin d’Entrèves