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Wine Region: Toscana

Winemaker: Enrico Pozzesi

Total Acreage Under Vine: 75 acres

Estate Founded: 1958

Winery Production: 9,500 cases

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Fattoria di Rodáno is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico in the famed region of Castellina in Chianti. The original farm dates back to the Middle Ages, and sits on the historic “Via Franchigena” used by pilgrims to travel from northern Europe to Rome. It became a wine-producing property in the sixteenth century. The winery has been in the Pozzesi family for three generations, since 1958. Vittorio Pozzesi, who owned the winery until his passing in 2012, was actually the President of the Chianti Classico Consortium. His son, Enrico now is the managing partner of the winery and is the winemaker.

Location of the Vineyards

Its pristine vineyards, located on the western side of the territory, cover 75 acres of land at 200-300 meters above sea level. It is the perfect location to create classic, soulful Chianti Classico, where hills are open and exposed to sea winds. Their most prized vineyard is ‘Viacosta’ which is the quintessential, south-facing bowl of pure Sangiovese. In addition to Sangiovese, the estate also has a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted 30 years ago, which is now used to produce Mon Nene.

Winemaking Philosophy

The Rodáno estate produces classic style wines. Enrico says that Sangiovese by itself makes the best Chianti Classico. If you have the time to age it properly then you do not need to add the French grapes of Cabernet and Merlot. In his opinion they are best for other wineries who are in a hurry. Enrico uses only large botti barrels for the aging. Vittorio Pozzesi, Enrico’s father famously said: “The whole world can make Cabernet or Merlot but only we can make Sangiovese. Why change it?”