New arrivals: Dievole (Tuscany, Italy)

A renowned and outstanding Chianti Classico producer, the Dievole estate in Tuscany is sitting on 900 years of wine-making heritage.

On the 10th of May 1090, Vinizio, son of the late Sichelmi, and Rodolfino, son of the late Ardimanno, paid six ‘Denari Lucchesi’, two capons and three loaves of bread for the yearly rent for a vineyard in ‘Dieulele’ – the divine valley. That same century the Chinese discovered gunpowder and the Icelander Leif Erikson discovered North America.
Today, Dievole is one of the most innovative producers in Tuscany but remains firmly dedicated to its past. Master viticulturists were brought in to counter regional uniformity and monotony, reintroducing ancient indigenous varietals such as Barsaglina, Aleatico, Foglia Tonda, Ciliegiolo, Prugnolo Gentile, Mammolo and Saragiolo, planting alongside contemporary classics such as Canaiolo, Syrah, Petit Verdot and various Sangiovese clones. Everything, from selecting mother vine stock and clones to vintage planning and innovation in the vineyards and wine cellar, is determined by one single objective: creating authentic wine of exceptional character and quality.

Best buy: Dievole La Vendemmia Chianti Classic 2009 (€19.99) Aged for 12 months in French and American barriques, heady aromas of dried fruit, coffee and spice, rich, smooth and long on the finish.

See the new Dievole range here.

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