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The Farm

The Farmhouse "I Sodi" is situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico among its wooded hills halfway between the village of "Monti" and the Castle of "Brolio" in a hamlet called "S. Marcellino".
It was built in 1893. Its name "I Sodi" "Hard soil" probably derives from the fact that the house stands on a stony ground wich is not tilled.
The house is built in the typical local architecture with a "loggia" with arches and a loft or dove-cot from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the "Crete Senesi" and further on the "Monte Amiata".


I Sodi today (2009)

I Sodi today (2009)


Danilo, Andrea e Franco Casini (2009)

The I Sodi farm was purchased by the Casini family in 1973.

Ivo, father of the three brothers who currently own the farm, Giancarlo, Danilo e Franco, was a native of the nearby village of Monti. Being profoundly knowledgeable about the area and its particular characteristics, he had been thinking for some time about buying I Sodi, a property owned by the Arezzo Archbishop's administration which had lain abandoned for many years. His dream, together with that of the three brothers, was to become independent producers of top-quality wine in addition to selling wine, a family tradition now in its second generation. This desire to become wine producers was the impulse which inspired the purchase of the farm and the start of work to restore it.
 


I Sodi in 1978

I Sodi in 1973

The choice of this location turned out to be a very fortuitous one, given its perfect exposure to the sun, for the vineyards are sun-kissed from dawn to dusk. The softly inclined hills create no disadvantaged areas and the land enjoys an ideal micro-climate for grapes, where the sheltered hills are the north-east balance the gentle downward slope towards south-east, practically eliminating the risk of late frosts while at the same time creating a daytime/nighttime change in temperature perfectly suited to the preservation of the grapes.
The land is comprised of an excellent stoney soil skeleton (Alberese and Galestro) combined with a wide presence of small veins of water close to the surface which, even in the driest periods, manage very well to relieve the stress caused by the heat.

The restoration work began with the planting, over the course of four years, of nine hectares of vineyards and three hectares of olive groves. The farm's first wine was bottled in 1978; that was also the year in which work began to on the cellars, starting with the renovation of the old rooms which already began dedicated to that purpose, as well as the preparation of other rooms. In 1982 work began on an new and more spacious building dedicated exclusively to the bottling and stocking of the finished product.
Between 1995 and 1996 all of the barrels of the cellar were replaced in order to further improve the quality of the the wine, continuing the practice of using the “big” barrels (40 hectoliters), which had always been traditionally employed in this area. Over the last few years, we have also begun to age the best wines in oak kegs with a smaller capacity (Chianti Classico Riserva and Supertuscans).
 


Ivo Casini, the founder (1973)

Ivo Casini, the founder (1975)
   

Beginning from 2000 Andrea Casini took over the management of the company together with his father and uncles with the intention of raising the quality of the wines as well as modernizing the company always respecting the company philosophy, functionality and environmental sustainability.

In consequence of this the collaboration with the oenologist Marco Bernabei began in the same year, with the help of whom we are attempting to continually better the quality of our wine, while fully respecting the Chianti area traditions, with special attention given to the the vines themselves (with first priority given to Sangiovese and Canaiolo).
Also beginning in 2000, we have been working on the gradual replacement of the older vines with the aim of improving grape quality. This quality is further sought through the careful and traditional working of the soil; the rows are frequently tilled and periodically fertilized with organic products, reducing other treatments to a bare minimum. The farm work with integrated. The fermentation is carried out by native yeasts.

The new cellar wine-making was finished in 2007 year, freeing up a room in the older stone buildings for the aging in wood of the wine.

In 2010 has been restored another part of the old wine-cellar obtaining a new room for the aging in wood of the wine and the Vinsantaia was also completely renovated.

In 2015 has been finished the new bottling-room with the introduction of a new bottling machine; this new room have permitted to increase the stock of bottled bottles for the refining in glass up to about 70000 bottles. All our wines remain in bottle from 3 months to one year before to be released on the market.


I SODI Società Agricola S.r.l. - Località I Sodi - Frazione Monti - 53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI)
Codice Fiscale e Partita Iva: IT00109800524
R.E.A. - C.C.I.A.A. Siena n° 85808  -  Capitale Sociale Euro 46.800,00 int. vers.

Telefono e fax 0577-747012 - EMail: info@agrisodi.com