The Frescobaldi family – devoted to the production of great Tuscan wines for thirty generations.
The history of the Frescobaldi family begins around the year 1000, where they played a prominent role in the political and economic life of medieval Florence. Their notability earned the family the right to the title ‘treasurers to the English Crown’.
So entwined are the Frescobaldis in the history of Florence, that it is hard to separate the two. Grand public and architectural works such as the Santa Trinità bridge on the river Arno, and the construction of the Church of Santo Spirito immortalise the family in the very foundations of the city.
One of the most exalted members of the lineage, Dino Frescobaldi, was celebrated for having recovered and returned to his friend in exile, Dante Alighieri, the first pages of the Divine Comedy, allowing Dante to continue his work.
Gerolamo Frescobaldi was an early composer of Baroque music, and to this day is recalled as greatly influential in his field, having produced works of great note.
Beyond all these achievements, the family’s venture into wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. It has been a founding principle of the winery from the very beginning that their produce be of quality, while representing the individuality of their terroirs.
The wine continued to carry of the glory of the Frescobaldi name; throughout the Renaissance, great artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi were faithful customers. A century later, the Frescobaldi wines were served to the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eight.
In 1855, at the estates of Nipozzano and Pomino, the first specimens in Tuscany of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero and Chardonnay were planted.
Continuing a tradition of invention, in 1894 in 1894 the first Italian gravity-fed cellars were built in Pomino. It was during this time, with a history of ingenuity accumulating behind them that the Frescobaldis distinguished themselves for the introduction of ‘specialised vineyards’.
In 1989 they acquired, the estate of Castelgiocondo in Montalcino, and in 1990 established the Consortium of Olive Producers of Central Tuscany and introduced their extra-virgin olive oil, Laudemio.
In 1995 the family inaugurated the Estate of Luce della Vite in Montalcino, and in 2000 acquired the Estate of Conti Attems located in Friuli.
Today, the Frescobaldi Estates are located in some of the most highly praised areas of Tuscany: Chianti Rufina, Montalcino, Pomino, Colli Fiorentini and Maremma Toscana and each estate conducts independent production with its own dedicated team.
A precious heredity passed down through the centuries, the production philosophy of the Frescobaldis is based on the absolute principals of respect for tradition and openness to research and experimentation. With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, the Frescobaldi family believe in respect for the territory, strive for the excellence of their grapes, and invest in technology to keep the achievements of thirty generations in motion.