Brancaia

Sienna, Italy

In the heart of Tuscany, the Brancaia winery stands as a testament to the enduring passion and dedication of the Widmer family. Led by Barbara Widmer, a skilled oenologist, the family has nurtured Brancaia since the late 1990s, transforming it into a renowned producer of high-quality organic wines sold around the world. Together with a team of 35 dedicated individuals, Barbara and her family have created a legacy rooted in tradition, expertise, and a commitment to sustainability.

The Widmer family’s involvement extends beyond Barbara’s expertise in oenology. Andreas, an entrepreneur and former marketeer, supports the winery with communication and digital strategy, while Michael, a lawyer and financial specialist, provides invaluable assistance with financial and legal matters. The third generation has also embraced the family business, with Barbara’s daughter Nina actively contributing to Brancaia’s social media activities and her son Nicolas frequently lending a hand in the Osteria’s kitchen. Additionally, Mara, Andreas’ daughter, supports the marketing efforts of the vinotheque in Zurich alongside her studies.

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At Brancaia, tradition and innovation go hand in hand. The family deeply values Tuscan traditions and embraces them wholeheartedly while fearlessly exploring new horizons. Since its inception, Brancaia has remained unwavering in its pursuit of uncompromising quality, producing exceptional wines that capture the essence of the region. The family takes pride in their accomplishments but also recognizes the importance of continuous development, understanding that stagnation is not an option in the ever-evolving world of winemaking.

The philosophy at Brancaia has always been “no compromises.” Passion fuels their winemaking endeavors, driving them to create unique and memorable experiences for wine enthusiasts. With a steadfast focus on quality and locality, the family is committed to producing wines that deliver unparalleled drinking pleasure. While traditions hold great significance, Brancaia remains open to fresh ideas, constantly seeking ways to push boundaries and set new standards. Sustainability lies at the core of their values, as they firmly believe that grapes grown in harmony with nature provide the best foundation for exceptional wines.

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Brancaia continuously strives for improvement, conducting extensive tests in the vineyards and cellars to refine their winemaking techniques. They explore various aspects such as clone selection from indigenous and international vines, cultivation methods, fermentation processes, aging techniques, and bottle refinement duration. This relentless pursuit of excellence ensures that each bottle of Brancaia wine embodies the family’s unwavering commitment to quality.

Sustainability has long been a paramount concern at Brancaia. The family understands the interconnectedness of ecological, economic, and social factors within their operations. They actively seek ways to enhance their sustainability efforts, embracing practices that minimize their environmental impact. 

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Brancaia’s dedication to organic viticulture is a testament to their commitment to nature, forgoing herbicides and insecticides in favor of sustainable agricultural practices. Since 2019, the winery has been officially certified, solidifying their dedication to organic principles. Moreover, Brancaia is currently exploring the techniques of biodynamic viticulture, a natural progression in their journey towards greater sustainability.

For the Widmer family, the health of their vines and the quality of their grapes are directly linked to their respect for nature. By prioritizing organic viticulture, they ensure that their vineyards flourish, resulting in exceptional grape quality. The realization that organic viticulture and unwavering quality go hand in hand is a source of immense pride for the family. Brancaia’s unwavering commitment to tradition, quality, and sustainability has positioned them as a beacon of excellence in the world of winemaking. 

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Brancaia's Wines

  • Brancaia Il Blu Toscana IGT

    Cabernet - Merlot

  • Brancaia Ilatraia Toscana Rosso IGT

    Bordeaux Red Blend

  • Brancaia Tre Toscana IGT

    Cabernet - Merlot

  • Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

    Chianti Blend

  • Brancaia Chianti Classico DOCG

    Sangiovese

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