Mount Bernardi Sangiò
is a Chianti Classico expression of the soils and microclimate of the selected vineyards in the high hills above Panzano in Chianti, the coveted vineyards of the Sala. In this area there are some of the most sought after vineyards of Panzano, appreciated for the production of wines of perfume and elegance. Michael Schmelzer describes them as follows: “Most around 15 years old, on old rootstocks, at about 500 meters of altitude with ideal location. Sangò is a pleasant wine to drink upon release, but it can also be aged for greater complexity.
The Monte Bernardi vineyards extend over 15 hectares, with one third of the vines over 45 years old. The vineyards are located in the southernmost hilly area of Panzano in Chianti, an area that has been recognized as one of the Chianti Classico Grand Crus, and is considered capable of producing wines that can compete with the best in the world. The vines are planted on a very stony ground consisting of schist (Galestro), marl and limestone (Alberese).
The estate was originally purchased in 1988 by Stak & Sharon and the first wine was produced in 1992. The Schmelzer family acquired Monte Bernardi at the end of 2003 by investing immediately both in the vineyards and in the cellar.
The vineyards are perfectly situated – they are located at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level, surrounded by forests and enjoying a southern exposure, with the Pesa River flowing a few hundred meters below. These factors contribute to the unique microclimate of Monte Bernardi.