Vignavecchia Estate is one of the most traditional producers of Chianti Classico. It has been in the Beccari family since 1840. It was received as a dowry when Antonietta Minucci – whose family owned the vineyards since 17th century – married Giuseppe Beccari. Back from his journeys, Odoardo Beccari retired himself to his family’s properties; he transformed himself into an enologist and started to collect the best vintage wines produced in his vineyards. The estate private wine collection includes bottles dating from 1876 to 1931.
Odoardo Beccari was a Florentine explorer, zoologist and botanist. He studied botany in Kew Gardens in London where he met Charles Darwin and Sir James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak. At the age of 22 he left from Southampton with Marchese Giacomo Doria to South-East Asia. He explored over the years many wild areas in Borneo, Celebes, New Guinea, Sumatra, the Moluccas, Australia and Tasmania returning to Italy with rare zoological and botanical collections. Once back he was also appointed director of important museums of natural science. He wrote “Wandering in the great forest of Borneo” translated and studied all over the world. His precise descriptions of Malaysia inspired the story-teller Emilio Salgari to write about Sandokans’ adventures. Amongst his most important studies we mention Tulipa Beccariana, Amorphophallus Titanum, Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae and Casuario Beccarii.
Today Fattoria Vignavecchia is a thriving agricultural business that combines 140 years of tradition with the new innovations in the viticulture and enologic field. A winning combination for the production of excellent wines which fully convey the region of Radda in Chianti.