The company

Both its territory and its wine-making place Castello di Fonterutoli right at the historic heart of Chianti Classico. The globally recognised company is one of Italy's most celebrated wineries, with a host of prizes to its name.

Quality, flair and investment in the future meet in a process of constant innovation, making the Mazzei family – owners of Fonterutoli since 1435 – a point of reference for the Chianti Classico denomination, and a trailblazer in the vineyard and in the cellar.

A familiarity with the terroir stretching back centuries, plus fifty years of intensive research into Sangiovese – the iconic Tuscan red grape variety – generate a diverse range of wines of great depth and complexity.

The estate covers 650 hectares (1600 acres), no less than 117 hectares (290 acres) of which are given over to specialised vineyards. Seven zones, divided into 120 individual plots, are located at altitudes ranging from 220 to 570 metres (720-1870 ft) above sea level. Between the vineyards lie olive groves, fields of lavender and great expanses of woodland which balance the ecosystem and ensure healthy biodiversity.

Our family architect, Agnese Mazzei, designed the cellar at Castello di Fonterutoli to allow grapes from each individual plot to be vinified and aged in wood separately, thus translating the estate’s diversity into a range of wines marked by an extraordinary breadth of aromas and complexity. Prestigious international wine magazine Decanter dubbed our cellar “the temple of Sangiovese”.

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