Podere Le Boncie
Giovanna Morganti is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best of the new generation of Tuscan winemakers. Her small estate is a mere three hectares, and her wine called 'Le Trame' (the intrigues) signifies the wheeling and dealing required to purchase the land. Giovanna’s father was a legendary oenologist who believed in Tuscan varietals long before the "flying consultants" identified this area as a profit center. Podere Le Boncie is situated in the hamlet of San Felice, which itself is located minutes north of Castelnuovo Berardenga in the southern tier of the Chianti Classico zone.
Giovanna studied oenology and then worked in the mid 1980s for San Felice wines on a project to plant around 300 traditional Tuscan grape varieties collected from old vineyards. When Giovanna’s father gave her a small farm with olive groves, called Le Boncie, she added a vineyard planted with her favorites from the experimental project – Sangiovese, obviously, but also Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Foglia Tonda, Mammolo and Prugnolo. The vineyard, planted to a very high density of 7,000 vines per hectare and dedicated principally to Sangiovese (supplemented by a few rows of Foglia Tonda and the others for blending), produces the definitive wine of the estate: 'Le Trame.'
Vineyard work is conducted according to the general principles of the biodynamic movement. Harvesting is by hand. Fermentation occurs in traditional open-topped wooden tanks. The elevage is long and tranquil with an occasional racking implemented to aerate the wine. Aging occurs in mid-size barrels; the wine is then left to age in bottle for at least six months prior to release.