Bruno and Giuseppina Bolfo certainly don’t lack ambition or energy, setting out in late middle age to forge an estate worthy of international acclaim. The vineyards are in Castelnuovo Berardenga near Siena, scattered over the hills flanking the Arbia river. Of 265 hectares acquired in 2006, 65 are already under vine, with another 40 being planted right now. The main emphasis is on Sangiovese for Chianti Classico, though international varieties are also planted. In addition to the mild microclimate the vines benefit from the astonishing array of terroirs, all chosen with the vine in mind: clays, calcareous marl, bluish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand. The goal is simple: have the fruit translate the terroir. To that end Margherita Gozzi designed the winery to fit in the walls of a natural basin, with almost all of it underground. Inspired by Lloyd Wright’s ideas on organic architecture it is functional and beautiful.
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