Villa Cosmiana’s Chianti is more refined and sophisticated than a traditional Chianti; it is produced from carefully selected Sangiovese grapes enriched by Merlot and Cabernet Franc and vinified in stainless tanks. It shows a deep glamorous grenat robe and is fresh and velvety in the mouth; it displays powerful crushed cherry perfumes and flavours with a touch of liquorice.
Crelio Petrolini (1928-1979) was the last ‘fattore’ or estate manager whilst still in the ownership of the Princess Antinori-Aldobrandini. Recruited directly by Prince Clemente Aldobrandini before he could finish high school and in spite of the difficulties of the time, he led and oversaw the villa, park and farms maintaining them to the standards of excellence established by Duke Amerigo Antinori and his daughter Princess Maria Antinori-Aldobrandini for over 30 years.
His name, Crelio, has been given as a tribute to a typical Chianti-style wine where the rusticity of traditional Tuscan Sangiovese is refined with a touch of Merlot harvested from the estate.
Villa Cosmiana is the former Pisan wine estate of the Antinori family of the dukes of Brindisi situated between Pisa and Volterra. The prestigious estate which extends to over 30 hectares is situated around an aristocratic Villa surrounded by Italianate gardens, an English-style park and 15 vineyards of various Tuscan and Bordeaux grape varieties.
In its historic vaults, cellars and recently created cantina, Villa Cosmiana produces three traditional Tuscan wines (whites and reds) as well as two Super Tuscans created by the renowned and award-winning enologist Barbara Tamburini, awarded best enologist of Italy by the Italian Sommelier Association, Bibenda in 2019.
Today Villa Cosmiana is the vision of Abergevenny born Sean Craig who since 2018 has committed himself to re-building the vineyards and gardens of the Villa Cosmiana estate