The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries, producing the finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. The same attention to detail that makes them the best producers of terracotta has been brought to bear on Fontodi over the past 49 years, and has transformed a crumbling farmhouse with a few hectares of vineyard into one of Chianti Classico’s most impressive estates.
The Fontodi estate has 80 hectares of vineyards, all of which are found in the Conca d’Oro, an amphitheatre-shaped valley to the south of Panzano. This shape facilitates the full ripening of the grapes. The soil here is classic ‘galestro’, the schistous clay on which the Sangiovese grape produces its best results.
The wine is deep ruby red in colour, with perfumes of sour cherry and plums leading to notes of leather and tobacco. It has great depth of flavour, with juicy fruit and supple tannins, giving way to a silky-smooth texture. It has a great structure and finishes with a fine mineral note.