The origin of the Riecine Estate dates back to 1112 A.D, when the property was owned by a nearby monastery until the 20th century. The founder of Riecine, John Dunkley, is an Englishman who became one of the most admired pioneering producers of Chianti Classico. With his Italian wife, Palmina Abbagnano, they acquired the original 1.5 hectares of land in 1971 from the nearby monastery, Badia a Coltibuono. They restored the old stone villa on the land and began reviving and replanting vines The first vintage was a Vino Rosso produced in 1971 and only yielded 100 bottles.
Now the winery is run by Alessandro Campatelli, who has worked for many famous wineries in Tuscany, and Amandine Zeman, who got her start in the wine business in France and came to Italy several years ago. The full team includes Ilda Roci, cellarhand at Riecine for more than 10 years, Palmiro Muscogiuri, who manages all the vineyards with Mario Valisena, and Monica Mezzardi, who is in charge of administration and accounting.
In 2015, the vineyards have grown to more than 20 hectares, all of which are certified prganic and located (certified by ICEA) in Gaiole in Chianti, in the province of Siena. Riecine benefits from an original mosaic of terroir that makes the wines unique and rare. The winery stands at 480 meters above sea level, which offers a fantastic elegance and freshness to the wines, as well as an amazing view on Chianti shire. The wines are created with artisanal care. They are harvested by hand, sorted out on a vibrating table, and crushed completely by foot. Riecine’s wines use ambient yeasts, with a long and slow fermentation in untreated cement tanks. All wines are separated by plot in order to maintain the perfect representation of each one, with their own individual characteristics and personalities.