Visitors traveling from Siena into Chianti Classico are greeted by the historic site of Villa Cerna as they cross the first hill into the famed sub-region. The villa itself is an old monastery, dating back to the 11th century CE. The monks that lived on the land tended to the surrounding vineyards and agriculture, including 1001 olive trees planted in the year 1001 to celebrate the new millennium. In fact, some of these trees still produce fruit that go into Villa Cerna’s aptly-named olive oil, “Milleuno.” Undoubtedly though, the most important production of the estate is their two classic expressions of Sangiovese: “Primocolle” (meaning “first hill”) Chianti Classico and their eponymous Chianti Classico Riserva. The Cecchi family places a special focus on hospitality at Villa Cerna, using it to showcase the values shared by each of their properties. Its strategic location at the “gates” of Chianti Classico make it well-suited to welcome visitors to the famed appellation, offering beautiful dining experiences at their restaurant, Foresteria, and greeting travelers with stunning architecture, sweeping vineyard views, and--of course--their signature wines.
The Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva has floral aromas, and its harmony is the result of the balance between acidity, tannins and alcohol.