Fattoria San Donato is an organic estate winery in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany in Italy. In 1932 the estate was bought by Umberto Fenzi, the grandfather of the current incumbent, also called Umberto Fenzi. His three daughters are Angelica, Benedetta, and Fiamma. His wife is called Federica and his mother is called Miolanne. The estate has a busy agritourism and the wines–Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG whites and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG reds–can be inconsistent. 

StaffDirector: Marco Poggiolini.

Vineyards2011 13ha. | 2013 240ha of land of which 13ha are vines (all over the hamlet of San Donato): 5.5ha of Chianti Colli Senesi, and 7ha for Vernaccia di San Gimignano. 300-350 metres average. 2,000 vines/ha. Guyot and cordon. The vineyard has a tower once used to send messages between San Gimignano and nearby Castelvecchio.

Organic certification2011 First vintage with full organic certification (BioAgricert).

White wines

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG: From the Poggio alle Corti and Terre Rosse vineyards. Clay mixed with sand from the Pliocene. North-east to south-west. 380-395 metres. 100% Vernaccia (420A, Richter 110). Part spur (cordon) and part cane (guyot) pruned. 4,400 vines/ha. | 2003 Unclean during dinner at Fattoria di Larniano, Monday evening 14th Feb 2005. | 2012 Nice weight, bit phenolic, heavy (2013 Anteprima). | 2017 Nice weight, creamy green fruit (2019 Anteprima).

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Angelica: As above but aged in barrel for 8 months. | 2003 Unclean during dinner at Fattoria di Larniano, Monday evening 14th Feb 2005. | 2016 From two distinct zones. 380 metres. Replanting from massale. Steel, finishes fermentation in wood, barrel and tonneaux.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Benedetta2010 50% Barrel aged. A bit oxidised (2013 Anteprima).

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Riserva2015 Some skin contact, fermented in stainless steel. 15 months in botte. Spritzy lemon, bit too international for me (2019 Anteprima).

Pink wines

Toscana Rosato, Donna Miolanne: From Poggio alle Corti. Clay, Pliocene sand. North-east and southwest facing 395 metres. 40% Sangiovese, 60% Ciliegiolo. Rootstocks: 420A, 110 Richter.

Red wines

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, San DonatoFrom the Poggio alle Corti and Terre Rosse vineyards. Clay and pliocene sand. North-east to south-west. 395 metres. 95% Sangiovese (420A) + 5% Ciliegiolo (R 110). Part spur (cordon) and part cane (guyot) pruned. 4,400 vines/ha.

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, FiammaMainly Sangiovese, plus Merlot and Ciliegiolo.

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG Riserva, San Donato: From the Baciolo and Poggio alle Corti vineyards. Clay and pliocene sand. North-east to south-west facing. 395 metres. 100% Sangiovese (420A, Richter 110). Part spur (cordon) and part cane (guyot) pruned. 4,400 vines/ha.

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG Riserva, Fede: Sangiovese.

Contact

Fattoria San Donato

Loc San Donato, 6

I-53037 San Gimignano (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0577.941616 | www.sandonato.it