The God Father of All Chianti Classico
Established in the Chianti Classico region at the Castello di Brolio in 1141, Barone Ricasoli is one of the four oldest wine estates in the world
With a history that dates back nearly a thousand years the story of Ricasoli has, not surprisingly, become closely interwoven with that of the region. The strength and importance of this long association has been captured in a number of historical documents, including a reproduction of the Ricasoli family tree that was printed in 1584, which is one of the first references to wine in the Chianti region. Later documentation shows Ricasoli’s growing importance in the region, with records from the 1600’s detailing its first exports to Amsterdam and England. Bettino Ricasoli, who was known as the ‘Iron Baron’, is also credited with producing the original Chianti Classico blend in the 19th Century. He was the interior minister of the Tuscany region and become Prime Minister of the newly unified Italy on two occasions in the late 1860’s. Today the company is presided over by Francesco Ricasoli, great-grandson of Bettino, who is the driving force behind the company’s vision of bringing new meaning to the regions wine and winemaking culture. As owner and president of the company he has been instrumental in generating new ideas to ensure the long term sustainability of the vineyards, including the ongoing study of soil types, and the clonal selection of the Brolio Sangiovese, both of which are among his great passions. He has also totally renovated the vineyards and mapped them in great detail.
Tenuta San Guido
Tenuta San Guido is much better known by the name of its most famous wine – Sassicaia. It is located in the Tuscan region of Maremma, and is the only case in Italy of a DOC appellation (Bolgheri Sassicaia) being contained within one estate. Sassicaia, one of the original Super Tuscan wines, is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Cabernet Franc, and is known for its supple texture, elegance and perfume.
The Venetian Art of Winemaking
Masi is undoubtedly one of the most important wineries in Valpolicella, among those that in the past three decades contributed most to the international success of Verona wines, the Amarone in particular. Today Masi Agricola owns and runs many hundreds of acres of vineyards, not only in Valpolicella, but in all the wine producing regions around Verona and few vineyards in Argentina where, after a series of attempts, they succeded in planting Verona grape varietals, Corvina in particular, with the aim to create international style wines using the most traditional grapes of Valpolicella.
Gambero Rosso WInery of the Year
Cult Wine Maker
From a medieval castle, Castello di Vincigliata, acquired by his parents over 60 years ago, winemaker Bibi Graetz crafts his wines on a hillside overlooking the great city of Florence. Beginning initially with only a small, 5-acre vineyard on this hillside in Fiesole, in little under two decades, Bibi has become one of Italy's most ingenious winemakers adding "cult winemaker" in addition to "talented abstract artist" to his dossier.
Since the release of his first wines in 2000 and without any formal training, Bibi Graetz has managed to stir-up the Tuscan wine scene, and with the creation of Testamatta and Colore, has made his name eponymous with great Tuscan wines. Regularly scoring in the high 90’s with wine publications like Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and James Suckling, coupled with his unique and artisanal winemaking approach, Bibi Graetz’s wines have garnered a loyal following among wine collectors and wine trade.
Sourcing grapes from parcels of old vines around Tuscany give the Bibi reds great depth and soul; while grapes from vines on the Isola del Giglio have provided proof that Tuscany can be known for beautiful white wines as well. This affinity for old vines allows for the concentrated yet elegant wines of Bibi Graetz making this portfolio a collectible from Tuscan producers. His passion for producing his flagship wines exclusively from traditional varieties of Sangiovese, Colorino, and Canaiolo for the reds and the indigenous varieties of Ansonica and Vermentino for his whites have resulted in very distinctive wines that consistently set his wines apart from those from the rest of Tuscany, and Italy.
Fattoria dei Baribi
Family owned and operated since 1352
The Fattoria dei Barbi covers 306 hectares between Montalcino and Scansano townships. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, the scion of an ancient Montalcino family whose origins stretch back to 1352, currently manages the family’s estate.
Today, Fattoria dei Barbi produces 800,000 bottles annually, including 200,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino.
Experience, Reasoning and Heart.
Luciano Sandrone is one of the leading producers in Barolo. Since their first harvest in 1978, Luciano and his brother Luca have devoted tremendous effort toward cultivating the finest fruit in their vineyards in the best parts of Langhe and Roero. Luciano began making small quantities of his own wine in the garage of his parents’ home, refining his ideas about how to make a wine of distinction and high quality that respected the traditions of the Barolo while incorporating many of the technological innovations of the day.
Air, Water, Fire. And Land.
The Land of Montalcino.
The Sun shining on Tenuta Luce is much more than a simple logo. It tells the story of a Land. The Land of Montalcino. And of the ambitions of its people. Every day we take care of Tenuta Luce, an authentic and lively environment, so as to create and look after some of the world’s most beloved wines from Tuscany.
Our production philosophy revolves around Ornellaia’s obsession with excellence – at all levels. Every choice we make is of absolute importance and implies an all-consuming attention to detail. At no point in the production process are shortcuts allowed or tolerated, and this is how we succeed harvesting grapes that are of the very highest quality irrespective of the climatic conditions in that particular year.
Until now Masseto has been a wine in the embrace of its neighbour Ornellaia. Both were created in the 1980s by Lodovico Antinori. Ornellaia was the first project, and its first vintage was 1985. Until that time the Tuscan Coast was not known for prestigious wines. The Antinori family estate produced rosé wines along the coast, and most local wines were simply part of a polyculture system, whereby farmers made some wine alongside olives and fruit.
From the Owner of Château Giscours and Château du Tertre, Bordeaux.
Caiarossa sits alone amidst unspoilt rolling hills in the Val di Cecina near the Tuscan coast. It’s a few miles north of the now-famous Bolgheri wine region. The blank canvas that was Tuscany’s coastal strip underwent a transformation a few decades ago. A slew of wineries and vineyards now occupy this previously virgin land, renowned for its world-class Bordeaux-blends. Caiarossa wines fit this general description, but it’s in the details where such similarities end and uniqueness begins.
The locals call the Val di Cecina Il Giardino, the garden. Maybe that’s a reference to Eden because until recently olive trees were the only visible cultivation amongst truffle oak and cork oak trees. Occupying higher ground than Bolgheri, there is a different microclimate. The surrounding mountains offer direct protection from stormy weather. An old olive farm called Podere Serra all’ Olio became the base for Caiarossa wines. Their first sixteen ha of vines date from 1998-2000. Expansion in 2008-2013 came from planting another 15 ha nearby at Podere La Lame and Podere Nocolino.
Passion for own land, respect for traditions and, at the same time, innovation, research and extreme attention to quality, promotion and distribution of products.
These guidelines and principles are always present and confirmed in over 150 years of company history. Gancia began its activity in the corner of Piedmont and now addresses, with the authority that derives from its credibility, to the whole world.
Wine, Faces, Value.
Citra is Abruzzo's Largest winegorwing community with some three thousand families sharing a deeply ingrained code of values: respect for nature, inter-generational bonds, transmission of know-how from parent to child, and a time-honored ethic of production.
A Daring Classic
Created in 1824, Corvo has been a self-renewing classic for nearly two centuries. Wines that are right for your everyday, for moments of relaxation and moments of vivacity, full of personality and pleasure.
An Unexpected World
Deep within the heart of Sicily’s sunbelt lies the Marsala region – a place of warm, mineral-rich soil, sea-kissed breezes and an abundance of golden sunshine. Florio Marsalas have been produced in this land for nearly two centuries.