I’m very happy today to talk about one the many excellences that enrich the special network of boutique wineries that you can visit on our tours. We’re talking about Solatione winery. We have been working with Solatione winery for well over a decade now. It is no surprise if every time we take someone there, it feels like taking them to visit family.
The history of Solatione winery
Like most small wineries, Solatione is a family run business. Renato Giachi started the farm at the beginning of the 70’s, planting the 6 hectares of vineyard with the typical local varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Trebbiano and Malvasia. Now, his children, Fabio and Francesca run the farm. Well, they have been at it for over twenty years and doing a great job at keeping the reputation of this winery at the highest levels.
Fabio is one the hardest and most dedicated workers you could meet. He carries out all the work in the fields and in the cellar, where he spends entire days. Francesca, his sister, is in charge of all the office work and hospitality. When guests arrive, she’s the one to welcome them and take them through the property for a visit of the vineyard. The winery is situated on the top of a hill that dominates the Greve valley. It offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. Then she’ll follow with a visit to the cellar before sitting down in the beautiful tasting room. Here she will delight them with the tasting of their superb wines while entertaining not only with technical descriptions, but also with anecdotes and answers to all the questions.
Solatione’s wines – Chianti wines
Initially, Renato used to produce only Chianti Classico and sold it bulk to the bigger local producers. In 1992, he started bottling his wine with the Solatione label. In time the production extended to include Merlot grapes and Supertuscan wines. So, let’s look at them!
The tasting always starts with the basic Chianti Classico, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and a small percentage of Canaiolo and Colorino. This wine has extreme elegance and never fails to surprise people who taste it for the first time with its fruitiness and freshness, supported by a sturdy and well-balanced structure that lets this wine age in the bottle even twenty years! It is the perfect treat for everyday meals.
Next, the Chianti Classico Riserva: in this case the blend includes only Sangiovese and Merlot. The result is equally impressive. Deeper colour, amazingly intense aroma and taste, rich with tannins that caress your palate and let you enjoy the dark fruit taste endlessly. It is ideal for rich Sunday roasts and aged cheese. This wine, if you resist the temptation of drinking it all before, is ideal for aging in the bottle for up to thirty years.
Solatione’s wines – Supertuscan wines
Looking now at the Supertuscan wines, we find Rossombroso and Sololui. Rossombroso is a pure Merlot with a brilliant ruby red colour. A wine that likes to keep the drinker entertained. Its ever-changing aroma and taste will first allure with ripe berries and then trap you with the myriad of spices that it’s capable of expressing as it breathes in the glass. Excellent with rich stews, but also alone, or with dark chocolate.
Last, but not least, Sololui is the latest addition to the Solatione family of wines since 1917. In this case the solo performer is Sangiovese, specially selected and aged in medium size French oak barrels for 24 months. The result is a complex and sombre wine that is best enjoyed with rich meat dishes, truffle and aged cheese.
Like all Solatione wines, these two are also ideal for wine collectors, with an aging potential of over thirty years. But then, why should we wait so long to enjoy these beauties?!
The superb quality and character of their wines certainly make a visit to Solatione winery a must for all wine enthusiasts, who will also enjoy the friendly personality of Francesca and the sheer beauty of the location. So, what are you waiting for? Let us take you to Solatione!