Grampians, Chianti Classico

The Grampians wine region is situated near the Grampians National Park and the Pyrenees hills in Victoria. Only a two hour’s drive west from Melbourne, this area is known primarily for their luscious, full-bodied red wine such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also known to produce crisp, citrus-driven Rieslings.

Home to over 15 wineries, Grampians enjoys a Mediterranean climate because of its closeness to the Southern Ocean which brings a wave of cool winds to the vineyards during the summer. During the daytime, the temperatures tend to range from warm to hot and it cools down to cold temperatures during the night. Autumns in Grampians are blissfully mild which allowing for ideal conditions for ripening grapes. The soil of this region is divided into two main types: soil which is acidic grey brown loamy sands and clay loam soils, and hard yellow soil with structured clay sub soils. Because of the acidity of the soils, the pH levels have to be increased with the addition of lime to make them favorable for grape growth. This may explain the hints of acidity and citruses in the wines of this region.
The Chianti Classico subregion covers an area of approximate 260 square kilometres between the ancient city of Florence to the north and Siena to the south. Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti are the four communes that are located entirely within the Classico area.

Within the collective Chianti region there are more than 8 million cases of wines produced and classified as DOC level or above! Both soils (weathered sandstone & bluish-gray chalky marlstone) and altitude (250 to 610m) make for varied range of wines. Typically producing Sangiovese based wines, medium bodied, with medium to high acidity and firm tannins is what the region is renowned for. The ultimate Pizza wines have so much character and interest and are well worth exploring.
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  1. SEPPELT 'ORIGINAL' SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    From Treasury Wine Estates regarding the wine now being a NV rather than a wine from a specific vintage: "We are making this change to deliver more complexity and consistency year on year. By combining vintages we are creating a ... Learn More
  2. RETROMARCIA CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2017
    The grapes come from vineyards consisting of shale (Galestro) 70%, sandstone (Arenaria-Calcare-Pietraforte) 20%, limestone (Alberese) 10%. The vineyards age range from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico. Intense mountain herbs, aromas of cranberry, wild ... Learn More
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  3. QUERCIABELLA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2016
    "Querciabella has been on a roll over the last few years" Antonio Galloni Perfumed and pretty, red cherry and strawberry, dusting of pepper and spice. Light and fresh, wonderful savoury note to go with the beautiful cherries notes of Sangiovese. ... Learn More
  4. FONTODI CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE 'VIGNA DEL SORBO' 2015
    Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc “ ... Learn More
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