The Manetti family has owned Fontodi, situated in Pieve de Pansano in the heart of Tuscany south of Florence, since 1968 but have actually 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. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards and cellar are immaculately tended. Giovanni's 90 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime 'conca d'oro' (golden shell) of Panzano, giving wines of supreme elegance, intensity and longevity. The south facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allow the grapes to ripen fully.
Soils here allow for excellent drainage, encouraging the vines to put down deep roots. Giovanni has converted to organic viticulture and is now following biodynamic principles in order to obtain the best quality fruit.