"Fontaleoni is one of the elite producers in this zone, devoting much time and energy to.vernaccia, and making very good reds." - International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug 07
Azienda Agricola Fontaleoni is a small estate whose vineyards are located at 200 meters above sea level, the ideal altitude for growing the Vernaccia varietal. It was established in 1959 when the Troiani family, vignerons for generations, moved to Tuscany. Restructured in the nineties, the cellar was renovated and new vineyards were planted in order to produce high-quality wines. Low yields of grapes, careful harvest and pressing of this fragile grape, and conscientious winemaking, have produced Vernaccia wines that continue to grow in quality and fame every year since the first bottling, in 1994. Clearly, this is an estate to keep watching!
Their ever popular, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, is a lively dry white wine from the area surrounding the medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany which has a rich history dating back to at least 1286. San Gimignano is famous for its centuries-old towers that dot the town, erected as safeguards to see approaching enemies. Vernaccia di San Gimignano was also the first DOC wine to be declared in Italy, in 1966.
Fontaleoni also produces an outstanding Chianti - at a tremendous value!
Disease-control treatments are carried out only when strictly necessary. Only sulfur- and copper-based products are used. No insecticides are used. Only organic fertilizers are used (not very often). Cover crops (grass cover) are left on the rows between the vines and either in all the rows or in every other row. The grass is mowed and left in the rows (the turf is left in place).
No herbicides are used. Very low doses of SO2 are added to the wines.
Badia a Coltibuono
The "abbey of good culture" was established in 1051 By San Giovanni Gualberto, founder of the Vallombrosan order and patron saint of the foresters, rangers and parks. The Vallombrosans may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese in Tuscany. The name Coltibuono implies a duality of purpose. An ancient badia, or abbey, holds a special place in the history of Western Europe. During the Middle Ages, these abbeys served not only as places of worship and spiritual refuge, but also as centers of learning, engines for economic growth, and laboratories for agricultural development. The monastery was active from 1000ce to 1810 when Napoleon annexed most church property in Tuscany. Some he gave away to friends or as political favors, some he sold. Thus, there were two owners between the time of the secularization and the abbey's purchase by the Stucchi's ancestors in 1846. Roberto Stucchi and his siblings are seventh generation stewards of the property. The philosophical approach is to maintain both the integrity of Sangiovese and the unique terroir of Chianti Classico through organic farming practices, clonal diversity and restrained use of new oak barrels. They continue to work with pioneering Tuscan oenologist Maurizio Castelli.
In 1961, Dino Carletti bought 22 hectares of land in the commune of Montepulciano, Tuscany with the desire to reconnect with his cultural heritage by cultivating the vine. Dino planted vineyards in the region and established Poliziano, named as an homage to humanist poet Angelo Ambrogini (1454-1494), known as "Il Poliziano," who was born in Montepulciano. Dino's son, Federico, who'd grown up tending the vines, pursued an agriculture degree in Florence in 1978 with the intent of carrying on the family tradition. Today, Federico runs the Poliziano winery, and has not only continued to carry the torch as one of the most prestigious producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, but has grown the estate from 22 to 120 hectares, expanding into the region of Maremma, and also adding a Cortona DOC wine to the portfolio. The main winery, known as Il Poliziano sits in the center of Montepulciano, with southeastern-facing vineyards planted primarily to Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese). The various soil compositions divide the property with the names Caggiole, Valiano, Lama, Casale, Pozzi and Asinone. Asinone is the crown jewel vineyard of the Tre Bicchieri award-winning Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG "Asinone." At Il Poliziano, solar panels power more than 40% of the cellar. Except for the Morellino di Scansano, all Poliziano wines are produced at Il Poliziano. The Morellino di Scansano DOC is produced at the Lohsa Estate, which sits atop a hill with a striking view of the Island of Giglio and the Gulf of Argentario in Maremma. Lohsa is planted to 27 hectares of vineyards dedicated to the production of Morellino di Scansano DOC (primarily Sangiovese with some Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo) as well as the "Mandrone di Lohsa" Maremma IGT (Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Petit Verdot and Carignano).
Aia Vecchia is the name of an old building which is today the centre of a company deep in the Tuscany countryside between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci. This is an area where the particularly favorable microclimate and ideally suited soils make possible the production of very high quality wines. The particular position gives the vines very much light, both direct sunlight as sunlight reflected by the sea. This in general allows an early harvest.
The property consists of 69 hectares of open ground: 48 are vineyards, 30 of which are under the Bolgheri DOC. The planted varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are used to produce Lagone and Sor Ugo. The Morellino di Scansano is produced in the estate of Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto) which consists of 10 hectares planted with Sangiovese and Merlot grape varieties.
Both properties are owned by the Pellegrini family, grape growers in the area for several generations. Read more [...]