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Pacina

Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

To say Pacina is a relic of a Chianti or Tuscany now lost to modernisation might feel sentimental or romantic, but it’s also incredibly true. The Pacina property, named firstly after the hamlet in which it resides but also represents the name of the Etruscan god Pachna (a precursor to the better known Roman Bacchus), has been in the same family for over a century. Now surrounded by estates owned by celebrities, banks, and foreigners alike, it seems the “real” Tuscany exists mostly in romantic novels, old photographs, and the simulation bought into by wealthy outsiders. Within the walls of Pacina’s 60 hectare estate, however, Tuscany thrives.

At the onset of the family’s life in this property Pacina was an entirely self-sufficient farm, meaning everything needed to sustain life could be pulled from within the property walls; water, fruit and vegetables, livestock, dairy, and of course, wine. To give context, of their total 60 hectares of land, only 10 are under vine. There was a period of time around WWII era wherein the production eased off, and the farm relinquished its status as fully self-sufficient, but during that time the land remained virgin: Giovanna’s father was an ecologist and was committed to never spraying his land with chemicals of any kind. 

Since the 80s, Giovanna and her husband Stefano have carried on the legacy of Pacina, and care for their land with a sensitivity and care that gives us pause, hardened wine industry folk as we might be. And their dedication to non-interventionist winemaking doesn’t stem from years of cooperation with other winemakers who have moved in this direction, rather, it’s a carrying-on of the traditions taught to Giovanna by the people who came before her. She views their purpose as winemakers is to act as midwives to the land they live on, and in turn they produce wines with an immense sense of place, love, and purity.