Colonia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Felsina was founded in 1966 by Domenico Poggiali, who developed the properties, wines and business side in the following years along with his son Giuseppe Poggiali. Later, his son-in-law also called Giuseppe and finally Giuseppe’s first son, Giovanni, representing the third generation, joined the company. The property extends at least 500 (1,235 acres) hectares with 90 hectares (222 acres) under vine. The many different vineyards feature very specific microclimates, each one unlike any other. Altitudes vary from 350 to 420 meters (1,148 to 1,378 feet) above sea level, with soils that range from clay to alberese, rich in minerals and fossils. Because of this extraordinary variety, the Sangiovese di Felsina, or Sangioveto, was born. The combinations of soils and clones together have become a precious asset for the winery to pass on to future generations.

Felsina has a strong focus on crafting excellent Chianti Classico, specifically in the Castelnuovo Berardenga district, which is in the southeastern corner of the appellation. Each vineyard has been thoroughly studied to identify which clones would best thrive. But this is a very special wine: a Gran Selezione.

This single vineyard is the result of Domenico Poggiali and his son’s steadfast determination and refUSAl to give up. The project began in an area that was once a sun-treatment colony. Early plantings in the 1960s were unsuccessful due to very difficult rocky land. In 1991, Giovanni Poggiali resumed work, with his father and grandfather, successfully planting in 1993. After years spent perfecting the crops, the first vintage was released in 2006, carrying great symbolic value for the family. Production is limited, meant for true Sangiovese and Chianti Classico connoisseurs. It is of course dedicated to grandfather Domenico.

After vinification in stainless steel, the wine ages in new French oak barrels for thirty months and then in bottle for eight to twelve months. Intense color, with earthy, mineral and tobacco notes, laced with wild berry. Lovely tannins, typical to the area.

Wine exported to

Bermuda, Canada, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Decanter95
Grape Varieties:

100% Sangiovese

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

16-20 days

Type of yeast:


Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Automatic punchdowns and pumpovers

Length of maceration:

16-20 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Fining agent:

Plant protein

Aging containers:


Container size:

225 liters

Container age:


Type of oak:


Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

30 months

Aging in bottle:

8-12 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard name:


Vineyard location:

Chianti Classico, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany

Vineyard size:

3 hectares (7.41 acres)

Soil composition:

Calcareous marl and alberese

Vine training:



520 meters (1,640 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,400 plants



Years planted:


Age of vines:

25 years old

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):


Tasting notes:

An intense ruby red with a wide range of aromas. Earthy, spicy, minerally, toasty, with pleasing aromas of wild berries. The palate is intense with notable tannins, which improve with long aging. Wonderful concentration and typicity.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with red meats, game, and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

18 years




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