Italian Wines: Cignozza Wines

The Region

Tuscany, a region of ancient wine-making traditions, is defined by many as "the land of rolling hills" where the vineyards have for centuries produced red and white wines with a unique taste and character. It is a region rich in history as well as artistic and natural treasures, where colors and scents are interspersed with emotions.

The province of Siena is the home of a wide range of excellent wines which are famous worldwide: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The popularity of these wonderful products world-wide has made the area even more famous which, over the years, has seen a continuous increase in tourists from all over the world.

Those who have been lucky enough to visit the province of Siena for a short period understand the strong attachment that binds the inhabitants of this small territory. Nature has given this land wonderful looks, but the skillful work of its inhabitants to make every detail precious. Even traveling by car you can see the care with which they worked the vineyards and olive groves, as even the smallest piece of land is cultivated with love and respect.

The Farm

La Cignozza is perched on the hills which divide the Vald’Orcia and Val di Chiana in the south of the Siena province. It is such a beautiful area and from a landscape point of view, it is seen as a green oasis where the pace of life is slow and values are linked to the traditions of an ancient culture: homemade local cuisine, work in the fields, friendship, and hospitality.

The Del Buono family has lived in this area for many generations and has always been linked to this territory in one way or another, whether it is working in the fields or the products they produce. Cignozza winery was founded in 1997, when Roberto Del Buono, the current owner of the “La Cignozza” estate, took over his father’s business, injecting it with fresh enthusiasm and innovation. Roberto’s great passion for wine led him to create these domain-bottled estate wines instead of just growing grapes. Cignozza wines show the respect for tradition coupled with the constant desire to search for innovations in order to improve quality.

The Land

In the Sienese countryside, we work on the land first and foremost for our love of it -- not just for business. Those who have chosen to do such work are well aware of how nature can destroy a harvest, and how trade does not always cover the costs of the hard effort that goes into producing a quality product. The farmers’ passion and love for their land means they simply continue to work harder than ever to improve situations and continue developing as best they can, despite what nature throws at them.

  • Peregrinus

    This wine derives from a careful selection of Sangiovese grape. During the wine harvest, the rows of vine with the best grapes is identified; this area is then looked at in order to remove bunches of grapes that have some kind of imperfection/blemish. The remaining grapes are left in rows for another 10-15 days, depending on the weather conditions. After the de-stemming, the picked grapes are pressed and left to ferment in small vats. In the following days, the wine undergoes several pump-overs and delestages. The fermentation lasts on average between 12-15 days but the grape is left to macerate for a further 10 days. After the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is placed into 225litre French oak barrels for approximately18 months. As soon as the wine is ready it is lightly filtered and bottled. The refinement in bottles lasts for at least 6 months. Intense ruby red color with purplish tints, showing complex aromas of violet, roasted plum and oak, this wine has a full-bodied structure with ample fruit and supple tannins. Age 5-15 years.

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    • Chianti Riserva

      Chianti Riserva is only produced during the best vintages. The grapes used for this wine are 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo, the best being carefully selected from the vineyards during the harvest. After the harvest, the grapes are removed from the stalks and placed into stainless steel tanks to ferment. The temperature is monitored during the fermentation which lasts approximately12 days and during this period three pump-overs a day are carried out.Because of the density, the pump-over is then replaced by the delestage (emptying and refilling the tank). After the fermentation, the juice is separated from the grape skins and left to settle in stainless steel tanks. After the racking, when the wine has become clear and the malolactic fermentation has come to an end, fifty per cent of the wine is then put into small oak (tonneaux) barrels to mature between January and February and the other fifty per cent in bigger barrels of French Oak for approximately 24 months. After several months of refinement in the bottles, Chianti Riserva is ready to be shipped. Deep ruby, with complex flavors of fruit, roasted plum, leather and earth, soft tannins persist to the finish of this beautifully balanced wine. Can age for a decade or more.

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      • Chianti

        The grapes used for this wine are 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 5% Mammolo. After the de-stemming and pressing, the grapes are left to ferment for approximately 10-12 days in stainless steel tanks. During the fermentation, 3 pump-overs a day are carried out. As soon as the fermentation is over, the juice is immediately separated from the grapes by racking the juice into another tank for the malolactic fermentation. In January the wine is put into French oak barrels, where it is left for 12 months. After a light filtration, it is bottled and left to mature for approximately 3 months before being ready to ship. It shows a lively, ruby red color with hints of red fruit and violets. On the palate, this Chianti is supple, with spice and earthy flavors behind the fruit, and a persistent, textured finish.

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        • Rosso Dei Poggi

          Currently, Rosso dei Poggi is the only wine produced on the farm which uses international wine varietals. This wine is produced using 70% of Sangiovese, 15% of Merlot and 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon. As soon as the malolactic fermentation is complete, it is then left in stainless steel tanks until bottled. Rosso dei Poggi is a well-structured and concentrated wine with a fruity aroma, fresh and dry and suitable for every occasion; it is also well suited to be a family’s everyday red wine. Ruby red in color with floral and red fruit aromas, it has dark red fruit flavors, some spice and leather, with very good structure and balance.

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