In Gaiole in Chianti, there is what is considered by experts one of the best vineyards of Italy. According to church records, it appears that as early as the twelfth century there was a farm known as Riecine, which then belonged to a nearby monastery. In 1971, the Englishman John Dunkley, decided to buy, right from the monastery of Badia Coltibuono, about one and half hectares of land. In 1973 was produced the first vintage of Chianti Classico, placed on the market two years later, was an instant success. Before long, John Dunkley became one of the most important producers of Chianti Classico. The Riecine property now belongs to a group of investors who chose to leave the helm of the winemaker Sean O'Callaghan, who is in charge of all the winemaking process since 1991, a period when Riecine still belonged to the spouses Dunkley . The production of wines Sangiovese is the flag company, which in the best vintages also produces the "Super Tuscan" The Joy.
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