PACINA, Castelnuovo Berardenga

The name Pâcina is derived from the Etruscan name for Bacchus, and an acknowledgement of the Tuscan roots of the Tiezzi family.  Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa create truly distinctive wines from 10 hectares of vineyard in the commune of Castenuovo Berardenga — one of the districts that fall both within and outside the Chianti Classico region.  Poised on the last hills of the Classico district above the plains leading to Siena, the view is spectacular.  With the 2009 vintage, Pâcina withdrew from the Chianti Colli Senesi DOC, finding commercial decisions of the Consorzio to be contrary to producing distinctive, high-quality wine.

The villa and winery, actually a 12th century monastery, has been in Giovanna's family for six generations, and is home to her extended family.  The enclave was the site of a convent from about 900 AD.  This sense of family and history have lead Giovanna & Stefano to a natural approach to farming, intended to preserve their heritage for future generations.  In the vineyard, this means not only chemical-free methods, but also allowing the vines to find their own balance of healthy production.  This non-interventionist methodology continues in the cellar, where you will find an absence of stainless steel, and no modern technology.  Rather, glazed concrete fermentation tanks, indigenous yeast and bacteria, and no temperature control. 

Stefano and Giovanna have learned that a healthy, natural environment provides fruit of exceptional character, and a heartiness that permits simplicity in the entire process.  The estate totals 60 hectares including grains, beans, olive grove and pasture which isolate the vines from outside contamination. Pacina’s wines are certified organic.