So I continue with the series of Favorite Wineries...at the end there should be quite a nice selection in this blog ;)
Rufina is a Northern area of Chianti (see map) referred to on labels as Chianti Rufina DOCG. It's considered second best to Chianti Classico because of it's elevation and cooler temperatures during summer (we're just up against the Apennine mountain range here). These conditions give origin to wines that are age-worthy.
Selvapiana is one of the oldest wineries of the region. The property has been in the family for 200 yrs and is now run by brother and sister Francesco (see pictures) and Silvia. The wines produced are fabulous - can stand comparison with any great Chianti Classico on any day, and are priced slightly lower than most Chianti Classico is. The Vin Santo is one of the best I've ever had. And there's the Pomino Rosso made half from Sangiovese and equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot - a great every day wine.
Visit the winery if you're in the area. There's a great historical cellar with old dusty bottles of tempting vintages. The site is http://www.selvapiana.it/ but you are probably best of calling ahead or just dropping by.