Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano is an estate winery in Monti in Chianti, the narrowing southern sector of Gaiole-in-Chianti in the Chianti Classico DOCG region of Tuscany, Italy, with the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga to both west and east.
Owner: The Martini di Cigala family, cousins of the Ricasolis.
History: The name of the estate has Etruscan origins. The estate began life as a medieval monastery of Cistercian nuns and was called San Giusto alle Monache (“of the Nuns”). In 1204 it was fortified by the Florentines, after a treaty established it as their boundry with Siena. Only portions of the ancient fortification still stand, its crenellated battlements, massive barbican wall and underground vaults, used today as the ageing cellars for our wines. The medieval estate of San Giusto a Rentennano came into the Martini di Cigala family through marriage in 1914. In 1957, it was inherited by Enrico Martini di Cigala and in 1992, by his nine children. Today Anna, Lucia, Elisabetta, Francesco, Alessandro and Luca are partners in the estate company. It is managed by Elisabetta, Francesco and Luca Martini di Cigala.
Staff: Rosita Anichini plays a major role in the cellars and Isidoro Zerial, Iftiman Qovanaj and Mirko Mariottini in the vineyards and olive groves.
Vineyards: 160 hectares of land. 31 hectares are planted in vineyards. Average altitude of 270 metres above sea level.
Terroir: San Giusto a Rentennano overlooks the the Arbia river in the farthest south Chianti Classico wine zone. Around 315 metres. Early ripening site. Directly overlooking and touching the Arbia river to the west. Various soils. Sand, clay, limestone, volcanic ash. Considerable day and night temperature differences.
Polyculture: 11ha of olive groves, 40ha of woods, and 78ha of sowable crops and grazing lands.
Organic certification: 2006 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2019 Still certified organic.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano: Séan O’ Callaghan is a fan. | 2018 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo. Limpid, saline and smooth (Anteprima 2020).
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Le Baròncole: Mainly Sangiovese, plus a little Canaiolo. Ferments in cement vats. Aged in French oak barrels. | 1998 Bottled. | 2013 Bottled.
Toscana Rosso IGT, La Ricolma: 100% Merlot. | 1997 Bottled. | 1998 Bottled. | 1999 Bottled.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Percarlo: From the best Sangiovese. | 1988 Bottled. | 1990 Bottled. | 1992 Bottled. | 1994 Bottled. | 1995 Bottled. | 1997 Bottled. 1997 Bottled.| 1998 Bottled.| 1999 Bottled.
Toscana Bianco passito, Vin San Giusto: 2018 90% Malvasia, 10% Trebbiano. No added sulfites.
San Giusto a Rentennano
Fraz Monti in Chianti, Loc. San Giusto a Rentennano
I-53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI = Siena), Italy