FATTORIA I VERONI is an organic estate winery in the Chianti Rufina DOCG region of Tuscany. The name I Veroni refers to the terrace upon which grain, and tobacco leaves, were dried. In the Middle Ages, I Veroni was part of a larger feudal domain located in the Arno valley belonging to the counts Guidi. The main building was originally a look-out tower. From the Guidi family the estate passed to the Gatteschi family who in 1809 built a stone ferementation tank which still exists. In the 19th century I Veroni passed to the Modigliani family of Rufina and at the beginning of the 20th century the firm was bought by Carlo Malesci, and it still belongs to his family, under current incumbent Lorenzo Mariani who took over the management of the firm in 1996, helped initially by Emilio Monechi, an oenologist and friend.

OWNER Lorenzo Mariani, who also works as a notary in Florence, took over here in 1996.

HISTORY The first bottle wine here dates to 1957 and was produced from promiscuous vineyards (interplanted with fruit and olive trees) of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and white grapes. Most of the vineyards were re-planted from 1967, including the San Martino a Quona vineyard, which comprises 4.5 hectares (acres) out of the overall total of 20 hectares of vineyards and from which the company reserve was born in 1996. This has a south-south-west exposure, and a average gradient of 20%. Now, the vineyard plots are not ‘promiscuous’, but consist of blocks 100% planted with a single grape variety. The main Sangiovese clones R24, R23, R6 and VCR102. The main rootctocks are 1103P and 110R. The vines a spur pruned and cordon trained.

CONSULTANT Andrea Paoletti since 2009. STAFF Agronomist: Paola De Blasi. Dott Luca Innocenti (lucainnocenti@iveroni.it; young, speaks English; 338.8904704).

TERROIR Around 50 hectares (123 acres) of land around the San Martino a Quona church, in the Pontassieve hills (decent hill slopes.). 10km from Florence. Altitude of 240-280 metres (790-920 feet).

VINEYARDS New vineyards were planted from 1998. 2016 20 hectares (49.4 acres) of vines. Primarily Sangiovese. 2005 12 hectares (29.6 acres) of vines. Around 5,000 vines per hectare (2,024 vines per acre). 90% Sangiovese. 1103P rootsock. One vineyard called San Martino contains some Merlot. In the mid-2000s the oldest vines were still trained up trees dating from the 1930s/1940s.

OLIVES 20 hectares (49.4 acres) of olive trees (4,000 trees). Produce extra virgin Olive Oil. Varieties are Frantoio 80%, Leccino 10% and Moraiolo 10%.

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION 2013 First vintage with full organic certification

WINERY A new winery was being planned for 2006.

WINEMAKING The wines ferment in cement vats, or conical 25 hl wooden vats. Reds age in 500-litre tonneaux, or in 225-litre barriques.

WHITE WINES

TOSCANA BIANCO Vermentino

PINK WINES

TOSCANA ROSATO, I VERONI 100% Sangiovese.

RED WINES

TOSCANA ROSSO, ROSSO DEL PELACANE 2002 Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot.

TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, ZIBO Sangiovese and Merlot.

CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG, I VERONI 2003 Light and a bit metallic, simple tanni, some decent flavour, very light though at the winery on Thursday 17th March 2005. €6.70.

CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG RISERVA, I VERONI 2000 Aged in tonneau. High tone fruit, not very balanced; also some VA, not great really when tasted at the winery on Thursday 17th March 2005. 2013 14%. Lotto 16M02A11. Nice fruit/weight, well put togther, a bit simple but certainly satisfying and fairly clean. Bit short and would benefit from more interesting acidity tasted in Viale Piave 08th Dec 2016 (bottles sent by Thurner PR).

VIN SANTO WINES

VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG, I VERONI 1997 60% Malvasia Toscana, 30% Trebbiano Toscano. Picked late October, grapes laid to dry on matting into the new year. Pressed, fermented, and then aged in oak and chestnut casks (100-litre maximum size). 16,5% vol. A bit caramel-like, sugary and ‘hot’ alcohol finish too when tasted at the winery on Thursday 17th March 2005.

CONTACT Fattoria I Veroni, Via Tifariti, 5 / I-50065 Pontassieve (FI = Firenze), Italy / Tel+39 055 8368886 / www.iveroni.it