Chiara Condello grew up in Fiumana di Predappio near her family winery Condé, which was founded by her father Francesco Condello back in 2001. She studied Economics at Bocconi University in Milan and then, at the age of 24, she took over her family estate fully committed to not only preserve her family business but also to elevate the Sangiovese grape reputation to new heights.
Chiara Condello and her family believe strongly in the value of Predappio, a subzone in Romagna known as one of the very best for the production of Sangiovese. It is indeed an area characterised by a rich and complex soil and favourable conditions for the grape, with a cooler climate than the neighbour Tuscany.
A few years ago Chiara Condello, in addition to the family business, started an exciting new project under her name. The “Chiara Condello” range consists of two 100% Sangiovese wines: a ‘normale’ called Romagna Sangiovese Predappio and her increasingly famous Riserva ‘Le Lucciole’. Her first vintage was 2015 and since then her reputation has gone sky-high to the extent that even the sommeliers of the world best restaurant (the Mirazur, Menton, France) have included her wines in their list.
Chiara’s wines are made from some of the best plots of the Condé vineyards, close to a forest where the vines are deeply rooted in calcareous-clay soil rich in sedimentary sandstones called “spugnone” and fossil marines. Farming is organic, with meticulous focus on biodiversity and the quality of the grapes. In the cellar Chiara follows a minimal intervention approach with spontaneous fermentation in open-top wood vats with indigenous yeast and ageing in large neutral vessels.