Initially Jarkko Peränen left his native Finland to work a harvest in Italy; he ended up staying on to work with a small producer in Chianti Classico for the next 5 years, helping the project to grow and develop. In 2002 he bought a farm and established his own label: Candialle. He and his wife Josephin have been making wine there ever since, bringing a natural approach to the wines and the vineyards, with a strong focus on organic viticulture and soil health. Candialle’s vineyard is at the southern tip of the “Conca d’oro” – The Golden Bowl – situated just below of the village of Panzano in the middle of Chianti. The valley is formed like an amphitheatre and is characterized by its Galestro soil, a marl-like soil high in limestone. Here, the vineyards’ southern and south-western exposures create the perfect terroir for the demanding and late ripening Sangiovese grape. We immediately fell in love with their elegant wines with a sweet cherry note from Sangiovese; these are some of the freshest and most energetic Tuscan wines out there, but still remain true to their roots.