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Hallgarten Wines delves deeper into Tuscany with Badia a Coltibuono

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Hallgarten Wines delves deeper into Tuscany with Badia a Coltibuono

Specialist wine importer, Hallgarten & Novum Wines, has expanded its extensive Tuscan portfolio introducing historic Chianti Classico estate, Badia a Coltibuono, exclusively for the UK On and Off Trade. Based in the Gaiole sub-region of Chianti Classico, Badia a Coltibuono joins Hallgarten Wines following a 12 month period where the business has seen sales of its Chianti wines grow by +34% in volume and +38% in value, outperforming the UK market.

 

The initial addition of five new wines from Badia a Coltibuono sees Hallgarten strengthen its diverse range in Tuscany, bolstering its premium offering with wines at a price point sought by its customers.

 

Hallgarten Head of Buying, Steve Daniel, commented: “We are thrilled to be introducing such an historic and iconic name to our customers. Everything screams quality, from its position in Monti in Chianti, to their historical multi-clonal massal selection of Sangiovese, to their organic viticulture philosophy. In addition, winemaker Roberto Stucchi’s philosophy of minimal intervention allows for a sublime elegance in the glass.
 
“After seeing our sales of wines from Chianti grow over the last 12 months, we felt now would be the perfect time to develop our Tuscan portfolio. It is clear our partners in the retail and hospitality sectors are premiumising their offering, particularly in Chianti, and Badia a Coltibuono provides the ideal quality and price point to meet this demand.”

 

 

Following the construction of a new gravity-flow winery in 1997 in Monti, the most southern part of Gaiole, Badia a Coltibuono started farming its 63ha of estate vineyards organically in 1994, and were certified organic by ICEA in 2003.

 

Badia a Coltibuono is steeped in history, dating back to 1051, where the Vallombrosan monks resided in an abbey built on the property – known as ‘Badia’. The Latin name was then Badia a Cultus Boni, meaning a ‘good harvest’. A monk’s document from the property in the 12th century mentions the word ‘Chianti’ for the first time in reference to the region.

 

The estate was purchased in 1846 by Florentine banker Michele Giuntini and has since been passed down through six generations of the Stucchi Prinetti family. The Stucchi are considered to be pioneers in the region, having cultivated the land for over 175 years.

 

Giandomenico Zedde, Sales Director at Badia a Coltibuono commented: “It is an honour and a pleasure for us to be represented in the UK HORECA market by Hallgarten Wines. The collaboration is an ideal fit for the estate and we are looking forward to a long term and successful partnership.”

 

Over the past 40 years the monastery has been converted to a thriving hospitality centre with rooms, apartments, and a restaurant, and hosts cooking courses and wine tastings.

 

Below is a list of all new wines Hallgarten has added to its portfolio from Badia Coltibuono.

Badia a Coltibuono, Chianti Classico

Badia a Coltibuono, Chianti Classico Riserva

Badia a Coltibuono, Cultusboni

Badia a Coltibuono, Sangioveto

Badia a Coltibuono, Montebello