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The Principe Corsini winery produces organic and vegan wine and oil in the estates of Villa Le Corti and La Marsiliana.
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The Corsini family has owned Villa Le Corti since 1363, when they bought the oil mill and several hectares of land in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, on the hills south of Florence. The seven-century-long history of the estate, with the vintage of 1993 sees the birth of the Principe Corsini wine brand by the will of Duccio Corsini, the current owner.
Today the estate extends for 230 hectares. Of these: almost 50 are destined for the cultivation of vineyards while the other 63 are cultivated with olive trees. The remaining land was left wooded to protect the territory and biodiversity. At Villa Le Corti are farmed three varieties of Chianti Classico vineyards, including the undisputed protagonist: Sangiovese.
Villa Le Corti fields include several vineyards cultivated with Sangiovese, Colorino, and Merlot. Many vineyards of the Principe Corsini estate bear the name of the estates that over the centuries administered the old plots: Gugliaie, Donniccioli, Erta, Palaie, Colombaio, Cortevecchia.
Today the grapes produced are vinified in the historic cellars, below the villa, by a team of winemakers, farm workers, cellars, and oenologists. The entire production of Chianti Classico at Villa Le Corti complies with the 1996 regulations with the strict rules of cultivation and vinification.
Villa Le Corti vineyards include Sangiovese, the main Chianti Classico grapes. Each vineyard, however, has unique peculiarities that depend on different factors.
First of all, the altitude varies from 300 to 150 meters above sea level. But also the type of terrain, the slope, and exposure to the sun. The year of planting and the age of the vines is other relevant factor, which can also guarantee high quality in dry years. As in the case of the Gugliaie vineyard, planted in 1997. From this grape, the company produces three “cru” 100% Sangiovese: Zac, Fico, and Per Filo.
The other Chianti Classico grapes cultivated at Villa Le Corti are Merlot and Colorino. For each of these, depending on the vineyard in which they are grown, the same vine can be raised with different forms, for example, the spurred cordon or the Guyot.
The latter, although less mechanized than the former, guarantees more constant production in harvests and gives more longevity to the plants. For this reason, the family decided to convert the Donniccioli and Colombaio vineyards to Guyot. The youngest vineyard is the Terzona: 3 hectares planted in 2017, demonstrating the business development that Duccio Corsini has wanted to give the company since 1992.
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