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Brancaia

At the core of our thoughts and actions are achieving uncompromising quality and maximum drinking pleasure for wine lovers...

All of our wines have to meet the highest quality standards – that is what the BRANCAIA team is committed to day after day, constantly searching for ways to improve our work in the vineyard and the cellar. The principle that drives us every day: Only with first-class grapes can you produce a top product. 

It takes great respect for nature to achieve this goal. At BRANCAIA, we perceive the work in the vineyard as a flow of energy that must be respected to the highest degree. To put this into practice every year in the best possible way, we invest about 450 man hours per hectare with an average yield of 5,500 kg per hectare – quality matters to us more than quantity. 

We work according to the Guidelines for Integrated Production (IP), which permits sustainable conservation of vineyards and also reduces CO2 emissions from vehicles to a minimum.

A BRANCAIA wine is a natural product of the highest quality. For packaging, we use only premium materials to ensure optimal storage until it is time to drink and enjoy the wine. We also try to find an appropriate balance, such as by deliberately avoiding "heavy" bottles to minimize the CO2 burden on transport routes.

The History

It was in 1981, when the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with the at the time abandoned Brancaia estate (Castellina in Chianti) and purchased it. Only two years later, Brancaia made the first rank in an important Chianti Classico tasting and then rapidly gained international recognition.

This lead to a continuous extension of the activities resulting in purchasing the Poppi estate (Radda in Chianti) in 1989, followed in 1998 by the founding of Brancaia in Maremma, only 10km from the Mediterranean coastline.

Since 1998 Barbara Widmer, oenologist and daughter of the founders, has been responsible for the winemaking as well as for the vineyards on all three estates - she thereby relies on the consultancy of the famous oenologist Carlo Ferrini.

From 2002 and 2014 Martin Kronenberg supported Barbara in the direction of the estates while being responsible for marketing and worldwide distribution.

Today BRANCAIA is one of Tuscany’s leading wineries, receiving important national and international awards every year. The wines are successfully sold worldwide.

In addition to Barbara Widmer and her family, a strong and loyal team are the foundation for fully exploiting the quality of our vineyards and delivering BRANCAIA wines around the world. To achieve BRANCAIA'S ambitions objectives, we need employees in our vineyards and cellars – but also in-house and field-based – who understand the philosophy of BRANCAIA and live it as well. Nearly 40 people are now part of the BRANCAIA team – many of whom have been with us for many years.

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