The Britannia Times
Ciao Ciacci!Published on 18th. May 2018
Ciacci is a family business, built on tradition and based in a small hillside town called Montalcino, in heart of Tuscany. Paolo Bianchini - the man behind Ciacci, a pro-cyclist turn professional winemaker will be joining our fifth Birthday extravaganza next month, celebrating his 2 great passions - cycling and wine!
Located in the south-east of the Montalcino region close to the beautiful medieval village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, the estate of Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona can trace its roots back to the 17th century.
The Ciacci family owned the estate for over a hundred years until the death of Countess Elda Ciacci. As the Countess had no children she left the property to her long standing and well respected estate manager Giuseppe Bianchini. His hard work and dedication has been continued by his son and daughter, Paolo and Lucia, who have developed the property and wines to their current respected position. Before joining the business Paolo was a professional cyclist and he continues to enjoy this passion by both riding regularly. He has also developed a fantastic cycling museum at the winery.
A holding of 220 hectares in the rolling Tuscan hills is bordered by the Orcia River which helps moderate the temperature of this hot dry part of the region. 53 hectares are devoted to the wonderful Sangiovese Grosso grape which produce the Brunello di Montalcino together with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wines receive global acclaim thanks to the commitment to the terroir and traditional winemaking practices and rank Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona amongst the greatest producers of Brunello di Montalcino.
Ciacci will be setting out their stall with a great selection of wine and classic Italian food pairings. Plus, they’ll have a Vineyard Exclusive - a Limited Edition Eroica Britannia bottle of Ciacci!