Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Et je me souviens d'un italien, Filippo Mazzei, un brillant penseur aventureux qui, entre autres, à plantées les premières vignes dans les États-Unis, et a participé à la rédaction de la Constitution américaine.

E ricordo che proprio un italiano, Filippo Mazzei, geniale e avventuroso pensatore che tra l'altro impiantò le prime vigne negli Stati Uniti, ha partecipato alla redazione della costituzione americana.




Un’azienda vitivinicola complessa, considerata già oggi una tra le più importanti del Chianti Classico e tuttavia sempre proiettata in avanti per la sua vocazione alla qualità e per le straordinarie caratteristiche dei suoi vigneti.


There is a popular legend saying that in the first years of the thirteenth century, the lords of Florence and Siena, exhausted by the endless wars over the Chianti region, agreed that the borders would be defined by a horse race: the riders would start at the crowing of the cock, one from Florence and the other from Siena. The border would be set at the place of their meeting. The Florentines chose a little black rooster, skinny and starved, who crowed constantly out of hunger. The morning of the race, this rooster crowed long before dawn, which permitted the Florentine rider to start out with a great advantage and to cover far more distance before meeting his opposite number, almost on the outskirts of Siena, at Fonterutoli, to be exact.

Fact or fiction though this may be, Florence did indeed define its border at Fonterutoli, aligned with Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, and formed the Chianti Military and Administrative League, whose symbol was a black rooster.


Filippo and Francesco Mazzei

Marchesi Mazzei Poggio Alla Badiola Castello di Fonterutoli

The Poggio alla Badiola (is most liked at our resto) might be called Mezzei's value label and so be it. A 70 percent Sangiovese and 30 percent Merlot blend. 

Quality wine Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli

The Mazzei family is linked inextricably to Tuscany (Ser Lapo Mazzei is considered the ‘father’ of Chianti having first used the name back in 1398 in a signed trade document) and their commitment to local tradition and excellence is unsurpassed. However under the stewardship of Filippo Mazzei Fonterutoli has been anything but nostalgic. 2006 Chianti Classico Sangiovese Merlot Malvasia Nera and Colorino aged 12 months in small French oak barrels. There is a lovely balance of old and new– intense colour rich fruit on the nose but lovely savoury notes on the palate with integrated ripe tannins adding grip for a wonderful food wine.

Super Tuscan Wine...

Founded in 1981 by Marchese Lodovico Antinori, brother of the powerful and esteemed Piero Antinori, Ornellaia is not one of Tuscany's most historic wineries, but it has become one of its most respected. Its success is due both to its staunch commitment to the philosophy of "quality without compromise" and to the unique climate and terrain here. While in some ways similar to Bordeaux's, the estate's terroir is truly something special; ever-changing and composite, it includes marine, alluvial and volcanic soils, allowing each grape variety to be planted in its ideal type of soil. Ornellaia enjoys some famous neighbors such as Sassicaia, one of the most legendary Tuscan estates. Sassicaia is owned (not coincidentally) by Antinori's uncle, who made the first Super Tuscan and began the trend that continues today.