A WHOLEDIFFERENT STORYAltadonna is part of the world of today, made ofpassion, knowledge about wines and the land,sensitivity to and care for details. It is a familyenterprise in which two generations of winemakers, Niccolò and Stefano Chioccioli, anauthoritative oenologist and agronomist ofinternational fame, interact and collaborate withthe precise aim of producing wines that bestrepresent the typical characteristics of thegrapes and the terroir. Thats how the line ofwines named Altadonna was born...affectionately inspired by the surname of Anna,wife and mother of the two makers.
A NETWORK OF QUALITYFrom direct, constant collaboration with severalItalian winegrowers, accurately selected on thebasis of the region and specific environmentalcharacteristics in which they work, has led tothe creation of a network of producers whosefundamental point of contact is respect for theterroir. The agronomical instructions given byAltadonna are rigorously respected for thecultivation of the vineyards. Altadonna followsthe development of the vines at every step,accompanying the grapes to perfect maturation.The management continues in the cantina inorder to sensitively interpret the qualitativeelements of the grapes and obtain a wine that isharmonious and balanced, an authenticexpression of its terroir. Tuscany, Lombardy,the Veneto and Sicily are the territoriesinvolved in the Altadonna project, brilliantlyuniting typicality and quality.
THE SEARCHFOR EXCELLENCEThorough knowledge of vineyards andmeticulous attention in the cantina make itpossible to obtain wines that achieve thehighest possible quality of their terroir, withoutsacrificing respect for nature. Altadonna winesare born of this, with fresh, fruity tones, wherequality and identity are appreciated in thedetails.
THE CERTAINTYOF THE RESULTSThe innovative strategy of the Altadonnaproject, together with the valuable consulting ofStefano Chioccioli and the constant presence ofhis son, Niccolò, in the company during theentire productive process, are guarantees of theexcellence of the results, expressed in wines ofgreat harmony and elegance.
UNITED BYA GREAT PASSIONA truly sincere love for the land and its fruits,joined with a profound respect for nature andits seasons. Passion for making things anddedication to realising them in the best waypossible. These are the values that our familyembraces, and which are reflected every day inthe Altadonna project.
THE RIGOUROF KNOWLEDGEStefano Chioccioli, an authoritative oenologistand agronomist of international renown, hasworked with the most prestigious companies formore than 25 years. His wines have beenawarded numerous prizes and recognitions,including more than 70 "Tre Bicchieri" (Threeglasses, the maximum rating) in the GamberoRosso guide to wines, and countless pointscores of 92+ in magazines about wine such asWine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, WineAdvocate and Decanter, finally arriving at beinggiven 100/100 by both Robert Parker and WineSpectator. He is a member of numerousorganisations dedicated to vine-growing andoenology, and serves on various tastingcommissions. For some years now he hasprovided consultation to Altadonna, for which,together with his son Niccolò, he created thewell-known Collezione of single varietal winesand the prestigious DOCG line.
FOLLOWINGHIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPSIN HIS HOMELANDNiccolò, the second generation of oenologists inthe Chioccioli family, carries the familyspassion for great oenology forward. With adegree from the same university as his father,he also inherited his knowledge and sensitivity."It was my father who stimulated my curiosityand encouraged me to taste and distinguishbetween the multitude of aromas and perfumesof Italian grapes, to recognize the qualities anddefects of each wine. He taught me thenecessary elements for understanding andmaking a great wine... structure, character, aprecise identity, balance and elegance". NiccolòChioccioli, today at the helm of Altadonna,manages all the activities of the Tuscan office,and personally oversees the winemakingproductions in other locations, from the growingof the vines to the bottling.
THE POWER OF A SMILEAnna Altadonna, cheerful and positive, besideslending her name to the company, alsoembodies its most heartfelt spirit. As sincere asthe wines created by her husband StefanoChioccioli, Anna plays a fundamental role as ago-between for the company and its clients,understanding their needs in order to guaranteea service in keeping with the high quality of theproduct and its image: "Respect for traditionand attention to the market has guided us tothe creation of a company image that is simpleand refined, an apt reflection of who we are".
WINE PASSIONATE!A brilliant university student in the Faculty ofLaw, a Sommelier and genuine connoisseur,Enrico Chioccioli manages to combine study andwork thanks to the great passion for wine thathe shares with his family. He takes an activepart in the Altadonna project, collaborating withhis older brother Niccolò in analysing foreignmarkets and developing commercial ties withthem. Enrico, filled with enthusiasm, is theperfect embodiment of authentic vitality andfreshness that only a company like Altadonnacan offer.
A VINEYARD NAMED ITALYVineyards have grown spontaneously in Italy forthousands of centuries (archaeological findstestify to their presence as early as 300,000years ago). Beginning in the eighth centuryB.C., numerous documents attest to theexistence of wine in Southern Italy, but also inthe Veneto, Tuscany, Lazio, Sicily and Sardinia.We know that the Etruscans, around the fifthcentury B.C., introduced new techniques forgrowing grapes and making wine, but it was theexpansion of Rome that gave a strong impetusto the spread of vineyards throughout thepeninsula and the whole Roman Empire. InItaly, historic situations combined perfectly withenvironmental conditions, where a great varietyof geological, topographical and microclimaticcharacteristics gave birth to multiple terroirs inwhich each variety of grape expresses its ownparticular character. The abundance ofautochthonous varietals (about 350), thespread of those to all regions (the only countryin the world to feature this), the range ofoenological types (almost 400 denominations oforigin) and the quantity of wine produced (thenumber one producer in the world) make Italythe point of reference for quality winemaking.Welcome to Vigna Italia.
THE GREATTUSCAN TRADITIONTuscan wines date back to the fifth centurybefore Christ and to the Etruscan period, whenthe inhabitants of the region already enjoyedmixed agriculture. The more recent concepts ofinnovative winegrowing and great wines tookhold in the 1960s. Tuscany, with its variegatedterrain, its rolling hills, sunflowers and cypresstrees, features a multitude of microclimates. Inthe southern part a Mediterranean climatedominates, while the north, with dry summersand cold winters, is more continental. Thevariety of terrains, most composed of clay andgypsum, also includes those that arecalcareous, rich in minerals. The native vines,such as Sangiovese and Vermentino, providethe primary grapes of this region. Without adoubt this is the territory that provides some ofthe most prestigious wines of the peninsula.
SICILY, A LANDOF BOLD CHARACTERSicily is an ancient, culturally rich island, whosehistory dates back 6,000 years. Since the timeof the Sicels, the original inhabitants for whomthe island is named, the successive waves ofGreek, Roman, Byzantine, Normans andSpanish settlers contributed to giving this landa strong character. However, it was the Spanishwho introduced irrigation, the cultivation ofolives, fruits and vineyards, thus giving life toan abundant production. This land, rich inintense colours, from the blue of the sea to thered of Pachino tomatoes, is filled with theperfumes of orange and lemon groves, and ischaracterised by an abundance of almonds,grapes and olives. The hot and dry climatebecomes milder at higher elevations. The landis mainly hilly, except for a small area of planes.The mountainous part, which includes MountEtna with its volcanic land, is mainlyconcentrated in the north-eastern part of theisland. The land, fertile, rich in minerals, rathersandy and red and black in colour, is mixedhere and there with calcareous stone. TheSicilian sunshine does not stress the grapes, buthelps them reach perfect maturation. TheAfrican winds and the constant Mediterraneanbreezes produce perfect grapes. Sicily’sautochthonous varieties are the Grillo and NerodAvola. The Syrah variety has its highestexpression just here.
THREE VENICES:THE WHITES THATMAKE HISTORYThe term Tre Venezie, "Three Venices", refers toa vast area situated in north-eastern Italy,comprising the three regions of Friuli VeneziaGiulia, the Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. Allof these have in common a hilly landscape, withmountainous areas, rivers and valleys. TheThree Venices are protected from the cold windsfrom north of the Alps and enjoy the warmcurrents of the Adriatic Sea. The population,originally Etruscan, was later taken over by theRoman Empire and later still by the Austro-Hungarians. It was the Augustinian Monks who,during the Middle Ages, produced the firstsystem of winegrowing and making. Today, theThree Venices, home of the most prestigiousschools for oenology, are one of the wealthiestareas in Italy and a leader in the production ofhigh-quality white wines, with fermentation atcontrolled temperatures, the use of selectedyeasts and a new approach to the density ofvines planted in the vineyards. Pinot Grigio andProsecco of Valdobbiadene are the highestexpressions of winemaking in this area.
SURPRISING LOMBARDYLombardy refers to the part of north centralItaly whose delineation goes back to theEtruscan age. Already at the time of theRomans the areas of the Valtellina and LakeGarda were famous for their wines. Theprovince of Pavia is located in the southernpart, just below Milan, and its winegrowing wassubject to a strong Greek influence. Today Paviacounts among its production one of the bestItalian Pino Nero wines. The terrain is welldrained, rich in gypsum and limestone. Carefulmanagement of the harvest results in a refinedelegant Pinot Nero.
WE ARE HEREIn the most beautiful heart of Tuscany,immersed in the gentle hills of Chianti, you willfind the logistic headquarters where wecoordinate all the activities of the detachedproductive units in the best-known vineyardareas of Italy. From Tuscany to the areas ofPavia, the Veneto and Sicily, we are present inevery vineyard and in every cantina, recountingthrough our wines the history of Altadonna andits terroirs.
OUR WINESIN THE WORLDThe Altadonna brand is present in some of themost important markets in the world, thanksto carefully chosen importers, while in othercountries it is distributed directly throughqualified channels.