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Just ten kilometers from town, and in the hills of Florence, you'll find the wine estate of Torre a Cona and this week's feature, a perfect weekday Chianti that delivers everything it should and more. The Villa of Torre a Cona and its surrounding buildings have existed through many centuries and gone through various occupations. Historians have documented that the oldest Tower of the Estate existed as a military fortification known as "Torri a Quona" by 1066 AD, and the current Villa with its typical florentine facade was built in the 1700's by the Marquis Rinuccini family, who took over the original castle in the 14th Century. Thanks to its unique position a few miles south of Florence, the estate served as German Army headquarters during WW2, but it was spared the heavy bombing of the Allies, safely housing several masterpieces from Michelangelo and Donatello in its cellars. In the summer of 1944 it was taken by the British Army, who turned it into a hospital, before eventually returning it to the Rossi di Montelera family. They reclaimed possession of the estate in the 1950s and gradually restored the villa and vineyards, 14 hectares in total. The current generation, led by Niccolo Rossi di Montelera has transitioned to modern wine growing, focusing the family's efforts on sustainable farming practices, restoring the old cellars and renewing their commitment to native grapes like Sangiovese and Colorino. The first vintages were released in 2013, and since then Torre a Cona has become a rising star in Tuscan winemaking. Today, a famed Piemontese/Val d'Aosta consulting team assists in overseeing vineyard management and winemaking, helping to ensure varietal pureness, grace and complexity.
The hills of Florence or Colli Fiorentini was officially recognized in 1932, a denomination that covers 18 municipalities and restricts grape varieties and production yields. The Colli Fiorentini Consortium was founded in 1994. Now counting more than 30 wineries, it proudly boasts as its trademark the standing black lion from the weathervane atop Florence's Palazzo Vecchio tower - Torre Arnolfo. The 2017 Torre a Cona is the perfect ambassador for this region's value and consistent style.