The Marquises of Frescobaldi, the Princes of Tuscan wine
Reigning throughout the ages
Their powerful and elegant wines tempted the palates of Europe’s leaders long before Canada had even been discovered. Since the 13th century, the Frescobaldi family has been planting vineyards around sublime castles. Along the way, they acquired vines for their Super Tuscans, considered some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Welcome to a whole new universe.
The first steps of the Super Tuscans
The Frescobaldis didn’t just settle for being elite bankers and prosperous merchants; they also established themselves as visionary winemakers. In the mid-19th century, they added some grape varieties that were less “Italian,” such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, like in Burgundy, and Cabernet and Merlot, like in Bordeaux. One hundred years later, other Tuscan growers did the same to improve the quality of their wines. What emerged were some interesting hybrids combining local Sangiovese with French varieties, vinified in the strictest Bordeaux tradition. This new genre would be called the Super Tuscans by the specialized press, which was completely dumbfounded by the development.
The Gorgona project
During the Renaissance, the Frescobaldi family already enjoyed a reputation for their patronage activities. Since then, their name has not only been synonymous with viticulture, but also arts and culture. To this day, the family continues to be involved in Tuscan society, especially on Gorgona Island, where the estate’s agronomists and winegrowers share their knowledge with inmates—at the request of the authorities—as part of rehabilitation programs at the end of their sentences. They say that the white wines produced in Gorgona “taste like freedom.”
Choice vineyards and plots
The Frescobaldi winery owns seven properties located from northern Tuscany right through to the region’s south, from Florence to Siena to Maremma. Given the range of exceptional terroirs and picturesque landscapes, it’s hard to prefer one over the other, but if we had to choose… In Castelgiocondo, Ripe al Convento and Lamaione are spectacular; and in Nipozzano, we have a soft spot for Montesodi and Mormoreto, both of which produce wines that are true to the style of their respective terroirs.