FATTORIA CERRETO LIBRI is a Biodynamic estate in Pontassieve (7.x mile or 15km from Florence) producing red wines under the Chianti Rufina DOCG. and sweet white wines under the Vin Santo del Chianti Rùfina DOC.
OWNER | Valentina Libri. Her husband is Andrea Zanfei (taught history and philosophy, a professor, full-time here from 2011. Valentina took over here in 1994 having inherited the estate after her father died. She soon converted to organic and Biodynamic methods.
HISTORY | From 1791 on, after the marriage of Camilla del Rosso and Massimiliano Libri, the villas and wine cellar were built. The villa dates to 1796, according to the historian Paganello, and has Etruscan foundations. The villa was bought from the well to do Baldini family by the Del Rosso family. The Del Rosso’s daughter eventually married a man from an equally well to do family, the Libri.
TERROIR | Fattoria Cerreto is in probably the warmest location in the Rùfina zone.
VINEYARDS | 80 hectares of land. 1970s Valentina’s father Massimiliano created the vineyards in the 1970s, growing Sangiovese with high percentages of Colorino and Canaiolo. 1995-97 The vineyards were rented by Fattoria Selvapiana as Selvapiana had its eye on buying a neighbouring vineyard called ‘Erchi’ and wanted to get a feel of the terroir. | 2005 11ha of vines (30,000 bottles in 2005). Trebbiano and Malvasia for white wines and Vin Santo.
BIODYNAMICS | 1997 Converted from low input conventional to Biodynamic practices, advised by Leonello Anello (to 2005 at least). Dynamizer from Bio-Meccanica. | 2019 A member of Renaissance des Appellations.
CERTIFICATION | 2000 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2015 Still certified organic (BioAgricert). |
WINEMAKING | Concrete vats. Uncrushed red wine berries. Semi-carbonic maceration. Pump overs. No new oak or added sulfites.
TOSCANA BIANCO, CANESTRINO | 80% Trebbiano Toscano, 20% Malvasia Bianc. Unfiltered. Fermented in cement.
TOSCANA ROSSO, CANAIOLO | 100% Canaiolo. Guyot. Cement.
TOSCANA ROSSO, PODERNOVO | 2001 Fizzy and thin at the estate on Thursday 17th March 2005. / 2004 60% Sangiovese, 40% Canaiolo. Cement. Now the wines are better in terms of fruit and tannin but must make sure the bottling is good. Low sulphurs too so be careful.
TOSCANA ROSSO, PADRONALE | 2006 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino. Cement.
CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG | 2000 Fizzy and thin at the estate on Thursday 17th March 2005. | 2003 Now the wines are better in terms of fruit and tannin but must make sure the bottling is good. Low sulphurs too so be careful. €11.00 retail in 2005.
SWEET WHITE WINES
VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA DOC | Oxdised style at the winery Monday 7th March 2005. €21.00 retail in 2005.
Honey. 3,500 olive trees for olive oil. Grappa.
Fattoria Cerreto Libri Via Aretina, 90 – I-50056 Pontassieve (FI = Firenze), Italy | Tel+39 055.8314528 | www.cerretolibri.it
Louis Dressner, ‘Chianti Rufina from Cerreto Libri’.