In 1981 a Swiss couple, Brigitte and Bruno Widmer, fell in love with the abandoned Brancaia estate and purchased it. Two years later, Brancaia made the first place in an important Chianti Classico tasting and then rapidly gained international recognition. This led to further activities including the purchasing of the Poppi estate and the establishing of Brancaia in 1998. Since then, Barbara Widmer, oenologist and daughter of the owners, has been responsible for the winemaking and for the vineyards on all estates.
At the core of their thoughts and actions are achieving uncompromising quality and maximum drinking pleasure for wine lovers.
All of their wines have to meet the highest quality standards – that is what their team is committed to day after day, constantly searching for ways to improve their work in the vineyard and the cellar. The principle that drives them every day: Only with first-class grapes can you produce a top product. It takes great respect for nature to achieve this goal. That’s why they perceive the work in the vineyard as a flow of energy that must be respected to the highest degree. In order to achieve this they invest about 450 man hours per hectare every year with an average yield of 5,500 kg per hectare.
Quality matters to them more than quantity.
BRANCAIA is comprised of the three estates Brancaia (Castellina in Chianti), Poppi (Radda in Chianti) and Brancaia in Maremma (Grosseto) (162 acres).
These three estates are different in many ways but have a common ground: a dedicated team with a clear philosophy of striving to gain maximum grape quality from every vineyard – year after year.
Top-quality wines can only be made from top-quality grapes. At the same time, nature is an essential factor they cannot influence. They must understand and adapt to nature, react in the best possible way and treat it with the utmost respect.
A BRANCAIA wine is a natural product of the highest quality. For packaging, they use premium materials to ensure optimal storage until it is time to drink and enjoy the wine. They also try to find an appropriate balance, such as deliberately avoiding “heavy” bottles to minimize the CO2 burden on transport routes.
Today Barbara’s winery is one of Tuscany’s leading wineries, receiving important national and international awards every year.
“Never compromise on quality” has and will always be the core philosophy of everything they do.