tuscany

Between the Sea and the Mountains
Tuscany was first inhabited by the Etruscans. Most of our knowledge of their civilization is derived from archeological findings in Tuscany and across the Apennines in neighboring Emilia-Romagna. 

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In the late Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance, Tuscany was a center for the arts and of learning. Notable schools of architecture, sculpture and painting developed from the 11th century in many cities (particularly Florence, Pisa, Siena, and Arezzo). Under the Medici, the ruling family of Florence, Tuscany became a grand duchy in 1569, and so a powerful political and economic force in addition to being one of the main intellectual and artistic centers in Europe at the time. A visitor
needs only to stroll the streets of Florence today from ancient palace to cathedral, wander across the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) that straddles the Arno River, or visit any of the ancient towns such as San Gimignano to be overwhelmed by the region’s glorious past.
Tuscany’s winemaking industry counts on one of the most noble and ancient traditions that predates the universally known Chianti wine that often springs to mind when this region is discussed. Long before the first Etruscans made their appearance, wild vines grew in abundance all over the sunny rolling hills of Tuscany. The Etruscans are believed to have domesticated and bred the forbearers of such grapes as the Sangiovese and the Lambrusco from those early feral grapes. No matter where or how the first vines originated, grapes and the much sought after wines they were made into have been celebrated in local literature throughout all historic times of the region, and even farther back to the paintings and pottery decorations of those original ancient Etruscans.
The hilly soil and the weather conditions of Tuscany are ideal for grape growing and, with the passing centuries, the numerous types of grapes grown gave rise to some rare and much loved varieties.
Nowadays, the most grown variety is the noble Sangiovese, which is often combined with small amounts of locally grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo and other grapes into wonderful blends such as the Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano, Carmignano and, of course, the signature Tuscan wines, the Chianti and Chianti Classico, which probably are the best known Italian wines in the world. 
Other grapes grown here are the Mammolo, Malvasia, Colorino, Rapirosso, Gamay, Grand Noir, Barbera, Moscatello, Aleatico and Vernaccia, among others.
Tuscany accounts for over thirty DOC and half a dozen of DOCG wines. In addition to the great, wellknown and appreciated reds, the local production includes a few distinguishable whites, the most notable among them being, without doubt, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Other delicious whites include the Bianco d’Elba, from the Elba Island, Bianco di Bolgheri, Vermentino, Bianco di Pitigliano and Bianco di Val di Nievole (Bianco in Italian means, “white”).
Last but not least, we can’t forget the famous Vin Santo, or “Holy Wine”, a dessert delicacy usually made from Trebbiano grapes that have been left to dry in an airy place until the start of Holy Week before being made into wine. 

 

The name Fontodi comes from the Latin “Fons-odi” and dates back to roman times since when the vines
were cultivated in the region. Additionally sixteenth century documents providing evidence of vinification
on the holdings and farm of “Casa Via” have recently been found.
The Manetti family originating from the Chianti region has been devoted to the production of traditional
terracotta for over three centuries. In 1968 the family bought Fontodi and has continually endeavored to
improve methods of production and to acquire ideal sites.
The group was also instrumental to the birth of SPEVIS, The Experimental Station for Sustainable
Viticulture (Stazione Sperimentale per la Viticoltura Sostenibile), a private institution that studies the most
effective ecological solutions in viticulture. As such, the Fontodi estate follows the organic philosophy
very closely, officially gaining organic certification in 2008.

 

Michele Satta Vineyard Estate is located in Castagneto Carducci, Livorno. Founded in 1984, it faced a difficult starting period, linked to precarious rents, in 1988 the nucleus of the company was established by purchasing one the best fields of the area.
In 1991 Michele Satta planted the first vineyard of 2.5 ha. In 1997 he bought another 7 ha, completing the purchase program with the current size of 22 ha. property. The total surface of the Michelle Satta estate covers 30 ha of which 20 have the appellation of Bolgheri D.O.C.

Michele Satta I.G.T. Toscana, Syrah

red wine
2008
750ml

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Michele Satta I.G.T. Toscana, Syrah (Magnum)

red wine
2008
1500ml

Price: $0.00

 

Podere San Cristoforo, a young wine estate located in Maremma in Tuscany, is a producer of quality wines that get their character from the constant caress of breezes that blow in from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Thanks to this the grapes are healthy and there is moderation of the high summer temperatures.
Thus this “wind” is a fundamental factor in the optimum ripening of the grapes and in the complete development of their aromatic substances. The soil is also of vital importance: it is made up of Aeolian deposits of medium texture, originating from the foliation of the mineral-bearing hills of Gavorrano, giving a stony terrain with a high clay content.
The suitability of the location is demonstated in the quality of the wines and producer Podere San Cristoforo, led by winemaker Lorenzo Zonin, is quickly becoming an exciting estate to watch.

 

The Torrigiani family entered the “world of wine” in 1280 when the ancestor Ciardo, arrived in Florence, to be part of Arte de’Vinattieri, opening a shop to sell wine and starting a business in Italy which would extend later in all over Europe. The family opened up trade “desks” in Nuremberg in Germany where they made a considerable fortune which would be reinvested over the centuries back into the lands of their origin: Tuscany.

 

 

The Mocali estate, acquired by the Ciacci family (distant relations to Ciacci Piccolomini) in the 1950s, is a setting of natural Tuscan beauty where vineyards and olive groves alternate with oak and pine forests. This harmony of man and nature comes through in the delicious, ripe and balanced wines produced here, available at prices that are incredibly low when compared to those of the more established producers of Montalcino.

Situated to the southwest of Montalcino at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea-level on the slopes facing Castiglione del Bosco. Over half of the estate is covered by a vegetation characteristic to the hill on which Montalcino stands, the vineyards and olive groves alternate with a landscape of woodland of ilex, oak and arbutus. The soil is rendered highly mineral; salt owing to the presence of marl and limestone. 

 

Ghizzano is a small hillside village about 200 metres above sea level, located on the Tuscan coast, 40m km from Livorno and 40 km south of Pisa. The winery and olive mill are situated around the tower built by the Venerosi Pesciolini family in 1370. They are situated in the area known as Colline Pisane, which comprises a range of hills southeast of Pisa.
None of these gently rolling hills exceeds an altitude of 200 metres: the landscape is “soft” and the climate is mild, mitigated as it is by sea winds, without extreme temperatures and with no great risk of spring frosts. The soil is a very interesting mixture. The area was once covered by the sea and the sandylimy- clay soil of Pliocene origin is still very rich in fossil shells.