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.
Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards and cellar are immaculately tended. Flaccianello is made from a selection of the best grapes from the best parts of the Fontodi vineyards.