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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Frescobaldi, one of Florence’s most prominent noble families since the 13th century, are among the largest landholders in tuscany with a wide range of agricultural activities. The Frescobaldi holdings can be divided into three distinct blocks: the first, Tenuta di Castiglioni to the south west of Florence, where the family started to produce wines as early as the 1300s; the second, to the east of Florence, produces classic chianti rufina from the Nipozzano estate and the wines of Pomino; the third block is Castelgiocondo in montalcino, whose acquisition in 1989 made Frescobaldi the largest potential producer of Brunello. In 2000, Frescobaldi ventured outside Tuscany when it acquired the Conti Attems estate in friuli. In 2004, they acquired control of the ornellaia estate in bolgheri, their first foray into what had been an Antinori fief. Also in the Maremma Frescobaldi now produce international varietals on their Tenuta dell’Amiraglia.