The family-owned company based in Florence in the Tuscany (Italy) has a very long tradition. The family has been traceable in Florence since 1300 and, from the 15th to the 17th century, became one of the wealthiest and most influential Florentine families. She founded her wealth with banking and textile trade. Among other things, they financed ruling houses such as the English royal family. From a very early age, the family was involved in viticulture and agriculture. As early as the 14th century, wines were delivered to many European ruling courts. Prominent customers included the English King Henry VIII (1491-1547), Cosimo III. de ' Medici (1642-1723) and the merchant family Fugger in Augsburg, through which the wines were also expelled. The famous painter and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is said to have exchanged works of art for wine by Frescobaldi. The family was ennobled as Marchesi de 'Frescobaldi in the 16th century during the period of the "Principato" (Grand Duchy of Tuscany). Today, Frescobaldi is one of the largest and most important producers of quality wines in Tuscany.
The company's website defines the goals and measures to be achieved. The vision: We want to set the standards in Tuscany as a winery and dedicate ourselves exclusively to promoting their different areas, exploiting the diversity of our terroirs, cultivating sustainable cultivation and promoting Tuscan culture. The mission: The name Frescobaldi stands for the responsibility of always producing the best Tuscan variety, and indeed on sustainable Through: Environmentally-friendly soil management to produce fine wines that perfectly reflect the full diversity of our family possessions. Communicating and promoting the culture of Tuscany and its various areas, through our possessions, our wines and our valuable projects (Gorgona, artists, laudemio, restaurants, etc.).
The company was converted into a public limited company in 1980, with the entire share package owned by the family. After the death of his father took over Vittorio Frescobaldi (* 1928), and was assisted by his brothers Ferdinando and Leonardo. After a well-founded education in Italy and California, since 2013 Lamberto Frescobaldi is already in his 30th generation as President of the entire Frescobaldi Group. In 1995 became a joint venture with the Californian company Mondavi signed and in 2002 together the winery Ornellaia e Masseto accepted. After the Mondavi sale in 2005, Frescobaldi is now the sole owner. Outside of Tuscany also includes the 44 hectares of vineyard extensive estate Attems in the area Collio Goriziano (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) to the possession.
The family empire Frescobaldi comprises a total of ten wineries, nine of them in Tuscany. The vineyards yield a total vineyard area of over 1,200 hectares. All wineries have their own winery, each with its own agronomists and oenologists, where the wines are produced on their own responsibility.
The oldest estate is the Tenuta Castiglioni , where in the 13th century a Frescobaldi wine was first produced. The property covers over 500 hectares of land, of which 150 are planted with vines. Mainly these are Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese, The main wine "Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni" is a blend of all four varieties. The highest vineyard Castello Pomino in the DOC area Pomino covers over 100 acres, mainly with Pinot Noir. Chardonnay. Pinot Blanc. Traminer and Riesling are planted. The flagships are the in Barrique developed white wine cuvée "Pomino Benefizio" and a Vin Santo,
In the heart of Chianti Rufina region lies the Castello Nipozzano . The vineyards cover about 300 hectares of vineyards, mainly with the varieties Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Canaiolo Nero. Malvasia Nera di Brindisi and Petit Verdot are planted. The main wines are "Nipozzano Riserva" from Sangiovese with shares Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as the varietal "Montesodi" from Sangiovese.
The origin of the winery Tenuta Castelgiocondo goes back to the year 1100. The vineyards cover 235 hectares of vineyards in Montalcino, the growing area of the DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, In addition, the red wines "Luce" (from Sangiovese and Merlot) and "Lamaione" (Merlot) are produced here. The winery Rèmole is located in the municipality of Sieci, east of Florence, where the extensive historical archive of the family Frescobaldi is housed. Here are the IGT wines Rèmole Rosso, Rèmole Bianco and Rèmole Rosato produced.
The winery Tenuta Ammiraglia is located in the heart of Maremma, In 2011, a new cellar was put into operation. Here are the red wines "Pietraregia" (a Morellino di Scansano Riserva from Sangiovese) and "Terre More Cabernet" (Cuvée from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah ), the rosé "Alìe" (Syrah and Vermentino), as well as the white wine "Massovino" (from Vermentino ) produced. In 2014, the winery Tenuta Perano in Gaiole in the DOCG area was the youngest property Chianti Classico acquired. The vineyards cover over 50 hectares of vineyards with the main Sangiovese and the Chianti sorts.
A specialty is the white wine "Gorgona" from Vermentino and Ansonica ( Inzolia ), which is produced on the prisoner island of the same name by the convicts lodged there. With this project, Frescobaldi wants to contribute to the rehabilitation of the prisoners. The proceeds from the sale of the wine will be used to finance training courses for the prisoners and measures to reintegrate them.
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