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riecine_logo.jpg Located in the heart of Tuscany, in the small community of Gaiole in Chianti, Riecine takes its place among the finest vineyards in all of Italy and continues to progress as a classic winery. Gary J. Baumann, an American who resides in Milan, is the proprietor of Riecine, which he acquired in 1996 from its original founder, John Dunkley. The founder of Riecine, John Dunkley, an Englishman who became one of the most admired producers of Chianti Classico, and his Italian wife, Palmina, acquired the original 1.5 hectares of land in 1971 from the nearby Badia a Coltibuono.

They restored the old stone villa on the land and began reviving and replanting vines. John’s first vintage of Chianti Classico, 1973, was released in 1975 to a flourish of praise. He later recalled, “Then it was easy to be among the best producers, but Chianti Classico has moved up the ladder. Today the competition is much tougher.”

Although some things have changed, 100% Sangiovese-based Chianti Classico remains the core of Riecine’s production. In quality vintages, Riecine also produces Chianti Classico Riserva and the ‘super-Tuscan’ wine, La Gioia. The main estate of Riecine is located in the town of Gaiole in Chianti, which is in the Chianti Classico DOCG. The main property consists of close to 30 hectares (about 75 acres) of vineyard, olive groves, woodlands, and the winemaking facility. This is where the original vineyard that has been producing Riecine grapes for more than thirty years is located. We also have several other vineyards in nearby locations within the Chianti Classico DOCG.

In an exciting move for Riecine, in 1998, we acquired and planted a substantial new vineyard in Montecucco, near Montalcino. All Riecine vineyards have perfect southern exposures. The intentional locating of our vineyards in different terrain and places provides Riecine with some protection from extreme weather conditions such as hail and frost, and importantly, produces grapes with different characteristics and nuances so that we can produce complex, elegant wines that are still distinctly Riecine.

Region: Gaiole in Chianti, Toscana
Country: Italy