Behind The Vine
Stories about the parish church of Santa Maria a Coeli Aula date back as early as the 9th century. In the area, agriculture was incredibly important to the livelihood of the families who lived nearby, which led to increased wine and olive production over the years.
The founder of Tenuta Coeli Auli, Giuseppe Barni, established the wine business within the historic parish grounds. He purchased the Monti farm in 1949 to grow his vines while emphasizing vineyard care and increased production.
Today, the family’s fourth generation runs the estate and maintains the same goals as their ancestors – to care for the vineyards while also respecting nature. They began converting all of their production to organic farming in 2015 and are now a fully-organic winery.
The Tenuta Coeli Aula estate is located in the hills of Montespertoli, just outside of Florence. It differentiates Villa Monti by sourcing fruit from vineyards that receive good afternoon warmth and plenty of sun exposure, resulting in ample ripeness.
While they do grow international vines, like Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the majority of the vines they grow are Sangiovese, including over 29 different clones. Sustainability, protection of native vines and biodiversity are the key components of their philosophy.
Varietal: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino
Color: Ruby Red
Taste: Delicious fruity and floral aromas, with a pleasant structure and tannic density, leading to a balanced and persistent finish.
Pairings: Red meat, game and pecorino toscano
Molly's Staff Thoughts
“This wine is cool! An old school Chianti blend with 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. The wine exhibits a core of mineral strength with fine tannin structure. This core is then elevated with deep red berry fruit aromas, notes of leather and a hint of orange zest. Oh! And organic – good for you and Mamma Earth!”