It was in 1981, when the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with each other and purchased the (at the time) abandoned Brancaia estate, Castellina in Chianti. Only two years later, Brancaia made the first rank in an important Chianti Classico tasting and then rapidly gained international recognition.
This lead to a continuous extension of the activities resulting in purchasing the Poppi estate (Radda in Chianti) in 1989, followed in 1998 by the founding of Brancaia in Maremma, only 10km from the Mediterranean coastline.
Since 1998 Barbara Widmer, oenologist and daughter of the founders, has been responsible for the winemaking as well as for the vineyards on all three estates - she thereby relies on the consultancy of the famous oenologist Carlo Ferrini.
Brancaia's philosophy is one geared towards achieving uncompromising quality and maximum drinking pleasure. It is the concept that drives the team's commitment each day: Only with first-class grapes can you produce a top product.
While taking measures to constantly improve their work in the vineyard and cellar, the Brancaia team also strives for sustainable conservation of its vineyards. With the health of the environment in mind, the winery produces a product of the highest quality while reducing CO2 emissions through its vineyard practices and transport-friendly packaging.
Today Brancaia is one of Tuscany’s leading wineries, receiving important national and international awards each year, and enjoys seeing their wines sold across the world.