The Gianelli family runs Azienda Agricola San Benedetto, a producer of wine and olive oil in the Chianti region of Tuscany. The family has nearly a century of history growing wine grapes and olives, beginning in the 1920s. For years prior, the family had been sharecroppers for a farm called Casaccia. As the tenant farmers began to buy their lands, the Gianellis -- brothers Dario and Guiseppe -- bought land near San Benedetto. They built a winery on their property in 1975. The farm and agriturismo is now owned by Giovanni Marinaro (Giuseppe's son) and Andrea and Marco Gianelli (Dario's grandsons).
San Benedetto has 25 hectares of vineyards and 2 of olive groves. Eighty percent of the grapes are red grapes, mostly Sangiovese with some Canaiolo, Malvasia, Colorino, and Ciliegiolo (which mostly add color to the red wine), along with a bit of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Montepulciano. Seventy percent of the white grapes are Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the rest are Trebbiano, Malvasia, Vermentino, and Sancolombano. The red grapes go into Chianti Tradizione, Chianti San Benedetto and Chianti Riserva, plus an everyday red and more elegant red blends, and Vin Santo and Grappa. San Bendetto also produces Vernaccia and Vermentino whites.
The Chianti San Benedetto is made from grapes grown entirely in the commune of San Benedetto (the family also has grapes outside that small geographic area in their other wines. It's 95% Sangiovese, and the remainder is Colorino and Canaiolo. It's a medium-bodied red wine with good acidity and flavors of cherries, plums, and some darker fruit like black currants. For people who love Chianti, this is the Chianti they love with just a little bit more in fruit, and an appealing softness.
||Medium Red Wine
||Azienda Agricola San Benedetto
Serve with roasted and grilled meats and poultry, pasta, pizza, salmon.