Collection wines: an exclusive gift idea for truly special occasions

Are you looking for an exclusive gift idea? Choose collector’s wines for truly special people who want to donate something unforgettable. The collection wines are a valuable product deriving from the great culture and expertise of the winemaker masters that for centuries, handing down knowledge from generation to generation, carry on a tradition of absolute quality and competence.

But how do we distinguish what are really collector’s wines? We often hear about this type of product but few know how to distinguish the various levels of value that can characterize a particular bottle. There are numerous factors that combine with each other, both in terms of climate and environment and in terms of the professional environment itself.  Its important to get the right wine so you can sit back, relax enjoy and have a great time or other options to escape for a while.

To obtain a wine that will be one of the other collector’s wines, we start by selecting a vine of excellence, both considering its microclimate and the soil that will subsequently feed it. Some Italian vines have been linked to certain territories since historic times. This is a fundamental factor to take into consideration to understand why some types of wine are produced only in the Bel Paese.

For example, just consider the Tuscan Chianti, typical of the region, the Primitivo di Manduria, typical of the Apulian city or other famous red and white linked to special territories. Choosing the right vine is the first fundamental step to take to obtain fine wines. Another fundamental element will be the wisdom of the hand that will produce the wine. Aso you might know, he first definition of a wine-area called Chianti was in 1716 with the birth of the Lega del Chianti and later Provincia del Chianti. This area is located near the villages Gaiole, Radda and Castellina. In 1932 was re-drawn and divided in seven little areas called Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rùfina.

Most of the villages that in 1932 were included in the new Chianti Classico area and most of wines labelled “Chianti Classico” come from this biggest sub-area of Chianti.

The original area dictated by the edict of It was Cosimo III de’ Medici to dictate this area and called it the “Chianti Classico” subregion. The Chianti Classico subregion covers an area of approximate 260 km2 between Florence to the north and Siena to the south.

The soil and geography of this subregion can be quite varied, having different altitudes and microclimates: it ranges from 250 to 610 meters which have two kind of soil: a weathered sandstone known as alberese and a bluish-gray chalky marlstone known as galestro and the soil gradually becoming harder and stonier with more albarese in the south. I

The phases for the creation of a good wine are different, from the selection of the same grapes, still carried out by hand for some high-level wines, up to the same transport that must necessarily take place under optimal conditions. This will allow the bunches not to crush each other and not to undertake premature fermentation. Every area is different.

In example, on the Chianti bottles from the Chianti Classico area there is a black rooster seal called gallo nero in Italian on the neck of the bottle, which indicates that the producer of the wine is a member of the Chianti Classico Consortium. There are also many other variants, with the exception of Rufina from the north-east side of Florence and Montalbano in the south of Pistoia, originate in the respective named provinces: Siena for the Colli Senesi, Florence for the Colli Fiorentini, Arezzo for the Colli Aretini and Pisa for the Colline Pisane.

This kind of wine has historically been associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, the flask, in Italian called fiasco. Now it is used by few makers of wine, this precious type invented by Baron Bettino Ricasoli. In the middle of 19th century he was the Prime Minister. He mixed 70% of Sangiovese with 15%of Canaiolo and 15% of Malvasia bianca, inventing Chianti.

Today, for a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes and to be called “Riserva” a wine must be an aged Chianti for 38 months at least. Chianti Superiore should meet more stringent requirements, while Chianti from the “Classico” sub-area is not allowed in any case to be labelled like this.

As a matter of fact, the production of Chianti Classico is realised under the supervision of Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico, a union of producers from this subregion. Since the 1980s, the foundation has sponsored researches into the Chianti Classico area and more than 50% of the vineyards in the Chianti Classico subregion have been replanted with improved Sangiovese clones and modern vineyard techniques.

Vinification is another very important and delicate phase that varies according to the different types of wine involved. Calm, dedication and passion for their work are a fundamental factor in obtaining an excellent final product. Winemaking or vinification is the production of wine, starting with the selection of the grapes, its fermentation into alcohol, and the bottling of the finished liquid.

This practice called Vinification can be divided into two general categories: still wine production and sparkling wine production. Other main categories are: red wine, white wine, and rosé. The mostly part of wines is made from grapes, yet, it may also be made from other plants, as fruit wine.

In the end, we could say that it is so important to understand what you are drinking and where it belongs. Wine, in particular in countries as Italy, it is very important and so good, tasty, because it is something very precious. Wine goes along with great times like hanging with friends, checking out great options like and more!  Treat yourself and taste a very good and important wine, or give it as a gift for people you love, you wont’ be disappointed.