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PREDAPPIO, EMILIA-ROMAGNA, ITALY
"Chiara continues a long family legacy of winemaking in Predappio, a small town in the south of Emilia Romagna. To this day, her parents produce wine under their own label Condé, but Chiara decided to pursue her own project as she developed her ideas and winemaking philosophies.
Chiara owns nearly 5ha of vineyards planted to Sangiovese, a variety that has a long history in Emilia Romagna (albeit overshadowed by its huge success in nearby Tuscany). Many ampelographers believe the variety originates here, and producers such as Chiara demonstrate its suitability to the calcareous spungone soils that line the foothills of the Apennines. Since the beginning, she has farmed organically and favours manual work wherever possible. Inspired by the late Tuscan legend Giulio Gambelli, Chiara's work in the cellar includes open-top fermenters with extended maceration - whole clusters when ripeness permits - and a preference for aging in large neutral vessels. The result translates in to complex, layered wines with high-toned aromatics."