One of Italy’s oldest Tuscan vintners, the house of Frescobaldi, is now exporting several labels of its Italian wine to Colombia, via importer and distributor Pedro Domecq Colombia. Frasecobaldi, headed by family patriarch Lamberto Frescobaldi and his brother Vittorio, holds over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of vineyards in Tuscany.
The Frescobaldi have six farms and two restaurants, one in Florence and the other in the Mayfair district of London. Leading an enterprise invoicing over 100 million euros per year, The Marquis Frescobaldi lives in the historic Nipozzano Castle (pictured above) in the town of Chianti, Tuscany overseeing almost 450 acres of vineyards under the European Union’s coveted “Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG) designation.”
Chianti Rufina is planted mostly with local Tuscan varieties such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino or Malvasia Nera, though one may also encounter Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and even some Merlot, which allows the vintner to create unique wines noted for their complexity and elegance. The most important wine of from this chateau is the Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Reserve, available in Colombia thanks to Pedro Domecq Colombia.
Another wine that should stand out is the Castelgiocondo, made with the Sangiovese grape in the Montalcino, where this grape changes its name and is called Brunello, a cult wine, which always exceeds 90 rating points (out of 100) in the aficionado and trade magazines, and that in addition to its impressive organoleptic characteristics, stands out for the beauty of its label adorned by the frescoes of the Palazzo Counale di Siena painted by Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti
For the younger and more uncomplicated—in spirit if not in palate—the Danzante line with Pinot Grigio in whites and Chianti (Sangiovese) for red wines, deliver vibrant and easy-to-drink wines. Dare to try the wines of this noble winery and you will understand what it is to take a sip of history with 7 centuries of tradition.
Wine historian Oz Clarke says that two are the pillars on which the fame of the famous Frescobaldi winery rests: one is their family wine tradition that far surpasses the seven centuries of history and the second is the 30 generations of successive winemakers who have worked to shepherd these wines through history to our present day, today headed by the brothers Vittorio, Ferdinando and Leonardo Frescobaldi. When the author Dante Alighieri still lived in this land and Boccaccio had not written his famous stories, this family was already bottling wine.
In addition to being winemakers for 30 generations, the Frescobaldi have been politicians, poets, merchants and bankers during the Florentine of the Renaissance. Determined patrons of Brunelleschi’s work, they also financed the popes of Rome as well as the European monarchies, from Henry VIII to Mary Magdalene of Austria. His lineage goes back to the time of Dante Alighieri when Dino Frescobaldi, according to lore, managed to restore the first songs of the Divine Comedy to the poet in exile, who was able to complete and publish his immortal work.