Monte Bernardi is situated in Panzano in Chianti, a small village in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Tuscany’s original winemaking region.
The Italian word Retromarcia means more to us than its literal translation ‘to back up’ or ‘to reverse’, it has been their aim to produce intensely typical and expressive wines from Tuscany’s historic zone – Chianti Classico, using only traditional grapes. With the name Retromarcia, they are emphasizing a return to the natural elegance and charm of Sangiovese.
Retromarcia is a Chianti Classico made from 100% Sangiovese grapes (since 2010). The grapes come from vineyards consisting of shale (Galestro) 70%, sandstone (Arenaria-Calcare-Pietraforte) 20%, limestone (Alberese) 10%. The vineyards age range from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico; the result is a fresh and fruity, medium-bodied, well-balanced wine, with a nice structure, juicy acidity and a long finish.
Crying out for spag bol, meatballs in a tomato sauce and brown rice or Tuscan white beans, pappa al pomodoro (made with stale Tuscan bread, tomatoes garlic and basil leaves) or cacciucco (a fish stew in a spicy chili sauce)