About the Winery
The Emilia Romagna region is actually two regions in one: the low plains of Emilia, north of the city of Bologna, where sparkling Lambrusco is king, and the verdant, rolling hills of Romagna, south of Bologna, which produce Italy’s great variety of stone fruits, including cherries, peaches and plums. Two types of wineries can be found in this area: huge mass-production wineries, usually cooperatives, and small artisanal producers that tend to line the hills closer to the Apennine Mountains. Branchini is one of the latter, dedicating 70 of their 150 acres of land exclusively to vines.
In 1858, the Branchini family estate was founded in the area of the towns of Dozza and Toscanella di Dozza and has been managed by the family ever since. The creation of a new cellar in 1968 was the logical result of a decision to direct their energies towards wine production. Ever since then, wine has been their main occupation. The Branchini’s have worked tirelessly to refine their techniques in order to continually improve the “character” of the territory’s wines. The logo of Branchini winery, despite its resemblance to the Greek letter “pi,” is in fact a map of their land representing the pattern created by the three rivers that divide their land. The Sillaro is the main river crossed by the Sallustra and the Sabbioso. Crucial to the unique quality of Branchini wines, the three rivers create four different soil types, including red clay on the hilltops with a north-south orientation, a limestone soil, a gravely terrain, and finally a sandy mix. This interesting combination of terroir allows brothers Marco and Angelo Branchini to produce grapes with great complexity. The vineyards are tended entirely by hand and special attention is paid to not force the vines in any way. Following the European laws for sustainable agriculture, Branchini has focused on working with indigenous varieties such as Pignoletto, Albana di Romagna and Sangiovese.
from Romagna benefits from a milder climate and more fertile soils than in Tuscany and is generally more fruity, generous and approachable when young. Branchini makes both an easy, unoaked version and a riserva from a selection of their oldest vines that is aged in French tonneaux for two years.
Branchini is a VinUS Selection