Il Molino di Grace is steeped in the historic Chianti Classico in Panzano in Chianti tradition producing old world Classico
and Super-Tuscan wines for the modern age. Founded by Frank Grace in the 1990’s, the winery of Il Molino di Grace was
built with a simple vision: to bottle the most authentic expression of this rocky terroir and succulent Sangiovese fruit that the
picturesque Chianti hills deserve.
As far back as the Renaissance the Contucci family were cultivating the grape and by 1700 this activity of
theirs' was much appreciated. In fact they were one of the "founding fathers" of Vino Nobile, as is documented in 1773;
having a major role in making it world famous: "a noble wine destined for the table of nobles".
Villa Pinciana is a 54 hectares estate, part of which is dedicated to vine growing. It was planted in 2003,
with a prevalence of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, to which other varieties of red such as Petit Verdot, Syrah
and Cabernet Franc are combined. The whites include Vermentino and Viognier.
Simone Castelli, the son of famous consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, runs this smallholding in Scansano, south-west Tuscany, close to the Mediterranean coast. He inherited 2.5 hectares in an agricultural plot called Podere 414 (‘Farm 414’), and decided that this would be as good a name as any.
Fattoria Fibbiano is located near Terricciola in the Era Valley, an area which boasts some significant
Etruscan settlements. The origins of the farm date back to the 12th century when it was owned by the Gherardi del Testa
Barasaglia family, and it followed the family’s fortunes through thick and thin. In 1700, the main building was extended to
take the shape of today’s farm.
In the lush setting of Bolgheri, a corner of Tuscany famous for it’s soul-stirring scenery and world renowned wines, Knauf created it’s own winegrowing estate in 1998.
Campo alla Sughera, 20 hectares of vineyards growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes.
Tenuta Casabianca has produced wine since 1963 and has embarked on a process of conversion.
The 2015 harvest will bring it to be certified ORGANIC cleared of the use of pesticides, to enhance and increase the selfregulating
mechanisms of the ecosystems.
Leonardo Beconcini and his wife Eva have managed the estate owned by the Beconcini family for four generations, first as sharecroppers, then as landowners, together since 1990, sharing the same passion for their native land and quality winemaking.
They have chosen to plant indigenous grapes varieties like Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese, Pugnitello and Vermentino. Most of the vineyard activities, hoeing included, are rigorously done by hand, while tractors are used for topping and treatments that follow the principles of supervised pest control. All operations that are part of the productive cycle of the wine always occur under the supervision of the watchful eye of Simone, who takes care that the vineyard is treated like a garden, with great respect for the environment and for nature.
Since 1995 the winery has been managed by Giovanni Ciacci and his children Andrea e Francesca.
For the Ciacci family, traditional ageing in big oak barrels and vineyard management based on climatic changes in favour of
the territory constitute the best strategy to obtain wines that best express the territory of Montalcino.
Their philosophy dictates that they work with the grapes during the winemaking process through utilising the
expertise that they have built up over the years, without the use of useless additives, applying simple but rigorous oenological
practices, and observing with fidelity and conviction the organic methods that they have used for more than 30 years now.
In 1705 the wealthy entrepreneurial family of Melini founded the House of Melini at Pontassieve on the outskirts of
Florence and since then it has become famous for producing wines of high repute. In 1865 Adolfo Laborel Melini created the
wicker flask and thanks to him the merits of Tuscan wines came to be appreciated world wide.
The yield is kept very low, around 600-800 gr per plant: this means that every single grape is carefully selected and tended
to throughout the growing season to reach the perfect ripening.
The sandy-clayly soils of alluvial origin guarantee a great water balance, the climate is moderate benefitting from the
proximity of Chiusi lake that also helps extend the daily range during the hot summer months.