It was 1966 when Domenico Poggialini bought the property of Felsina in the Berardenga area in the far south of the Chianti Classico appellation.
At that time the company existed mainly for the production of oil, cereals and other crops. There were just 2.5 hectares of vineyards and while Domenico and his son Beppe worked hard to expand the vineyards and the winery during the early years, it was only with the arrival of Giuseppe Mazzacolin following his marriage to Domenico’s daughter. , Gloria, that Felsina took flight.
With Mazzacolin, Bernabei’s wine consultancy and the need to focus on Sangiovese as the company’s main grape also came, as opposed to the fashion of the period which saw the reliance on Bordeaux vines.
The wines of Felsina are children of their terroir which is very varied. The soils can be clayey-sandy with marine deposits or stony (alberese) and poor.
The result is an exciting palette of Chianti Classico that have in common a generous body, great complexity and notes of fruit and undergrowth that are always clearly perceptible.
Rancia is first of all a vineyard owned by Fèlsina located in one of the most suitable areas of Castelnuovo Berardenga. The Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a historic Chianti reserve, the first vintage dates back to 1983.
The vineyard has limestone soils, mainly characterized by alberese (typical of the Chiantigiano area), and galestro. Altitude between 350 and 400 meters above sea level
After the crushing and destemming of the selected grapes, fermentation begins between 28 ° C and 30 ° C. The entire maceration process takes place in steel tanks for 16-20 days with automatic punching down and daily pumping over. In March-April the new wine is transferred to new French oak barrels and after 18-20 months of maturation it follows the assembly and bottling. In glass, refinement is guaranteed for at least 6-8 months before being marketed.