Chiara Condello is a young rising star in Italy producing special Sangiovese wines made following organic viticulture and minimum intervention practices. Chiara grew up in Fiumana di Predappio near her family winery Condé, 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 preserving her family winery, but also to elevate the reputation of the Sangiovese grape to new heights. Chiara 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’s an area characterised by rich and complex soil and favourable conditions for the grape, with a cooler climate than neighbouring Tuscany.
A few years ago and in addition to the Condé family business, Chiara started an exciting new project under her own 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 Chiara Condello is building a great reputation across the globe and proving to be a popular name on Michelin Star Restaurant wine lists.
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 “spungone” and fossil marines. Farming is organic, with meticulous focus on the biodiversity of the vineyards 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. The resulting wines are pure and expressive, richly textured and deeply layered with tannins of rare elegance.
Ultravino is the UK exclusive importer
Romagna Sangiovese Predappio Doc Riserva ‘Le Lucciole’
Romagna Sangiovese Predappio Doc