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Frescobaldi made its first foray into the Chianti Classico region with the purchase of Castello di San Donato in Perano for €13.3m.

This historic property, situated between the central Chianti villages of Radda and Gaiole, is nestled within a 617-acre estate with 250 hectares under vine including 52 hectares of south-facing vineyards, in the Gaiole commune of Chianti Classico.

The terroir is notable for its rocky and free-draining soils and its vineyards enjoy a wide range of diurnal temperatures during the growth cycle of the vine.

Frescobaldi has been managing the estate’s vineyards since 2014, but has now taken full ownership of the estate.

“This year we will release the wines of the magnificent 2015 vintage, which has extraordinary complexity and longevity.

“The estate’s flagship wine will be its Gran Selezione: two other Chianti Classico wines will also be produced,” said Lamberto Frescobaldi, president of Frescobaldi.

Frescobaldi also owns Tenuta di Castiglioni in Montespertoli; Nipozzano castle in Chianti Rufina; Castelgiocondo in Montalcino and Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia in Maremma.

The company has expanded its agriturismo facilities at both Nipozzano castle in Chianti Rufina and Castelgiocondo in Montalcino, offering guests the chance to stay at both properties and enjoy cellar tours, and traditional Tuscan dishes paired with Frescobaldi wines.

Last November Frescobaldi opened a restaurant in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria that specialises in classic Tuscan dishes with a modern twist.

Ristorante Frescobaldi Firenze serves the likes of veal cheek pappardelle with rosemary croutons; Sicilian red prawn tartare with avocado; pear and pecorino tortelli with honey and walnuts; and beef fillet with brandy and almonds.


The American artist Eric Wesley is the winner of the 2016 Artisti per Frescobaldi Award.

The announcement took place at the award ceremony held at GAM, Milan’s Gallery of Modern Art in Villa Reale, Milan. The artist from Los Angeles won with his artwork “Not Yet Titled 2016”, which was selected by the award panel composed of Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director of the Trussardi Foundation of Milan), Samuel Keller (Director of the Beyeler Foundation of Basel), and Gianfranco Maraniello (Director of the MART in Rovereto).

“If one possible definition of what art is the capacity to “imagine a world while being in the world”, then Wesley is most definitely an artist able to reach such an aspiration competently and romantically. Beginning with the observation of a bottle of wine, he created an object that is highly refined both scientifically and poetically, activating an invisible void to be projected, and to project us, into a shared energetic universe.”


Artisti per Frescobaldi, created and directed by Tiziana Frescobaldi, and curated by Ludovico Pratesi aims to promote contemporary artists from the newest generations. Following the 2012 Italian and 2014 German editions, the 2016 edition is dedicated to the United States and involved the artists Matthew Brannon (USA)Eric Wesley (USA), and Patrizio di Massimo (Italy). Each artist was tasked with creating an artwork inspired by CastelGiocondo, the Frescobaldi family’s historic estate in Montalcino that will be the star of future editions of the Award. The artists interpreted the world of wine and its traditions in different ways: Matthew Brannon worked on the daily consumption of wine, Patrizio di Massimo on its conservation, and Eric Wesley on the relationship between wine, science and technology. 


The Award is tied to the Frescobaldi tradition of arts patronage. For over 700 years the family has cultivated relationships with the likes of DonatelloMichelozzo Michelozzi and Filippo Brunelleschi.

Artisti per Frescobaldi represents the family’s commitment to support artists from the newest generations. Tiziana Frescobaldi’s wish is to continue in the family tradition with a project that ties wine to art through contemporary art works. 

“I’m happy to celebrate the third edition of the Artisti per Frescobaldi award at GAM, Milan’s Gallery of Modern Art,” says Tiziana Frescobaldi, artistic director of the project. “This year’s award involved two American artists, Matthew Brannon and Eric Wesley, and one Italian, Patrizio di Massimo. I thank them for having accepted to contribute with great passion and important artworks to an Award inspired by a contemporary concept of patronage.” 

“This Artisti per Frescobaldi Award has been witness to the creation of greatly impactful and complex pieces as well as a demonstration of truly noteworthy commitment by the artists,” says Ludovico Pratesi, Curator of the Award. “Each artist made use of a different expressive language in relation to the past, present and future. I’m truly satisfied of the results we achieved, and I believe they represent an excellent indication of what’s to come in future editions.” 

To further support the Frescobaldi family’s support of the Arts, Artisti per Frescobaldi has offered the museum hosting the exhibit a sponsorship for the creation of the complete catalogue of the GAM’s collection. 

During the evening of October 21, the 999 Magnum limited edition of CastelGiocondo Brunello featuring the three labels designed by the artists was presented to the attending guests. Proceeds from the sales of these bottles will be devolved in 2017 to to support three young students selected by an equal number of prestigious art academies.

Artisti per Frescobaldi

On September 6, Nipozzano was one of the stops on the tour organized by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation for Celebrity Fight Night, the charity event for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, scheduled from the 4th to the 7thof September, 2014. Over a hundred guests were expected in Florence, among which were celebrities like Reba McEntireRonnie DunnCheryl Ladd, and Maksim Chmerkovskiye.



The guests arrived at the Nipozzano castle along the magnificent avenue of cypresses where they were greeted by a glass of Frescobaldi wine. They then strolled to the square in front of the villa where they enjoyed the spectacle of the Volterra flag throwers, who paid tribute to the tradition of this historic wine cellar. After the show, there was a tour of the cellars, which have lost none of their antique charm and owe everything to the vision of an foresighted ancestor of the Frescobaldi family, who in 1855 invested 1,000 silver florins to start growing varieties previously unknown in Tuscany, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.



"We are very honored to have been chosen to host one of the highlights of this tour of solidarity to raise funds to fight this terrible disease", said Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi who welcomed guests with his wife Eleonora. "With the Maestro Bocelli we have a great bond of friendship and mutual esteem: he is very sensitive to social issues; we worked together on a project to make a wine with the inmates of Gorgona and its label bears his signature as well as a quote. It is important”, said Lamberto Frescobaldi, “that the world of business and entertainment collaborate to support causes such as this and that each does his or her part."

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Passion for Wine: 700 Years of History:

The history of the Frescobaldi family begins around the year 1000,during the same time period as the birth of the banking industry of Medieval Florence. The Frescobaldis quickly became the absolute protagonists of political and economic life earning them the right to the title ‘treasurers to the English Crown’.

They inscribed their name in the history of Florence commissioning grand public and architectural works such as the Santa Trinità bridge on the river Arno, and the construction of the Church of Santo Spirito designed by Brunelleschi. Among the most illustrious representatives of the family, Dino Frescobaldi played an important role: poet of the dolce stil-novo, he was celebrated for having recovered and returned to his friend in exile, Dante Alighieri, the first cantos of the Divine Comedy, allowing Dante to continue his work. Gerolamo Frescobaldi, an early composer of Baroque music, is still remembered as one of its most influential representatives and created works of great notoriety.

The family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. From the beginning, the family has demanded that their wines be of quality and that they reflect the uniqueness of their terroirs, and by the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi had become faithful clients. A century later the Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth.


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Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia


The estate of Ammiraglia is a place of unquestionable natural beauty, captivating and impeccable, set in a territory of great potential for the production of high quality wines. In particular the cellars, designed by Piero Sartogo represent one of the most perfect combinations of innovation, technology and respect for the environment. The building simply merges into its surroundings.


The estate is located in Magliano in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany, its vineyards painting evocative geometric patterns in the hills leading to the Tyrrhenian coast. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions.To enhance the unique character of this territory a reservoir was created to collect water and give freshness to the vineyards during the driest months of the year. The combination of all of these factors give the wines of Ammiraglia an exceptional variety, richness and aromas that are unique in Maremma.

Wines of the estate


Vermentino: sun, luminosity and sea breezes give this Vermentino personality, elegance and rich aromas.

Terre More: Maremma Toscana IGT, from Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, for a pleasing and decisive wine with intense fruit notes and a balanced and persistent flavour.

Pietraregia: Morellino di Scansano Riserva DOCG, the tribute of the Frescobaldi family to the tradition and typical characteristics of the terroir.

Ammiraglia: Maremma Toscana IGT, the leading wine of the estate, a great mono-varietal Syrah that expresses the heat and power of this land thanks to its spicy notes and vigorous personality.


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Tradition, modernity and entrepreneurial development

A precious heredity passed down through the centuries, the production philosophy of the Frescobaldis is based on the absolute principals of respect for tradition and openness to research and experimentation. 

In 1855 at the estates of Nipozzano and Pomino, they were the first in Tuscany to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero and Chardonnay. At Pomino in 1894 they built the first Italian gravity-fed cellars and in the same time period they distinguished themselves for the introduction of ‘specialized vineyards’. 

In 1989 they acquired, the estate of Castelgiocondo in Montalcino, and in 1990 established the Consortium of Olive Producers of Central Tuscany and introduced their extra-virgin olive oil, Laudemio. 

In 1995 the family inaugurated the Estate of Luce della Vite in Montalcino, and in 2000 acquired the Estate of Conti Attems located in Friuli. 

The latest projects for the Frescobaldis include management of the Ornellaia estate in Bolgheri, which began in 2005, and the inauguration in 2011 of the very modern cellars of Ammiraglia in Maremma.

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Inside information


The ancient defensive stronghold of Florence from the year 1000, the castle of Nipozzano is the most celebrated and historic property of the Frescobaldi family. According to popular belief Nipozzano means “without a well” - testimony to the area's lack of water and ideal circumstances for the cultivation of grapevines. The first documentation about the renowned wines of Nipozzano dates from the Renaissance when great artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi regularly purchased wine from the estate. A unique feature of the territory is attributed to the foresight of an ancestor of the Frescobaldi family who, in 1855 invested 1,000 florins to begin the cultivation of varieties previously unknown in Tuscany such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. After more than a century of patient care, these magnificent vines produce the great wine of the estate, Mormoreto.


The castle of Nipozzano and the winery are found east of Florence in the heart of the prestigious territory of Chianti Rufina on the mountainous side that overlooks the valley of the river Arno. Thanks to the perfect balance of altitude, soil and a cool, ventilated microclimate, the varietes enjoy ideal conditions for perfect growth, and produce wines of harmonious character and great longevity.


Nipozzano Riserva: A historic Frescobaldi wine that dates back to 1864. The yardstick of Chianti Riserva; vibrant personality and excellent quality have made it celebrated all over the world.

Nipozzano Vecchie Viti: this wine originates from the oldest vines of Castello di Nipozzano, endowed with deep root systems. Of great complexity and harmony, this reserve wine is refined for 24 months in oak barrels according to ancient Tuscan tradition.

Montesodi Riserva: this CRU was created in 1974 from the homonymous vineyard with pure Sangiovese.

Mormoreto: a noble Cru born of the first vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot cultivated in Tuscany in 1855. An expression from a single vineyard, it creates emotions through its elegance, powerful harmony and great longevity.

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