Fattoria San Michele a Torri is an organic estate with vines in both the Chianti Classico DOCG and the Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG in Tuscany, Italy (other wines are bottled under the Colli della Toscana Centrale denomination). The estate takes its named from the small fortified village (‘borgo’) of San Michele a Torri which lies within the larger commune of San Casciano in Val di Pesa (the valley of the river Pesa), 9.3 miles (15km) south-west of the city of Florence. In 1944, the estate was the focus of the Battle of San Michele a Torri, as New Zealand and German troops fought each other for a week during which much of the population of San Michele took refuge in the winery’s underground cellars.
Owner: Paolo Nocentini.
Staff: Consultant oenologist: Andrea Paoletti.
Vineyards: The estate comprises over 450 hectares of land of which 55ha are vineyards.
Polyculture: 40 hectares are arable crops, 60 hectares of olives, plus land for Cinta Senese pigs.
Organic certification: 1995 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2019 Still certified organic
Other crops: 40 hectares of olive groves responsible for producing Laudemio. The rest is arable land and forest suitable for breeding Cinta Senese pigs. Also Organic honey, organic chickpeas.
Winery: On two levels. Stainless steel vats outdoors, used for fermentation. Beneath are cement vats and barrels for ageing.
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Bianco, Campotrovo: Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Petit Manseng
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Bianco, Vigna dell Luna | Mainly Chardonnay, plus Pinot Bianco and Petit Manseng.
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosato, Rosso: Sangiovese and Canaiolo.
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosso, Nudo: No added sulfites.
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosso, Chicchiriassi: Malvasia Rossa, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Montepulciano.
Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG, Tenuta La Gabbiola: 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 10% Colorino and Merlot. Sold in a fiasco.
Chianti Classico DOCG, II Casali: Vines at 220 metres. Stony soil. | 2015 90% Sangiovese, 5% each Merlot and Canaiolo.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Tenuta La Gabbiola: Vines at 140 metres. | 2016 95% Sangiovese, 5% Syrah. Lovely fruit, rich, matière (Anteprima 2018). | 2018 95% Sangiovese, 5% Syrah.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Tenuta La Gabbiola: 2015 100% Sangiovese. | 2016 Silver medal DWWA 2016.
Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG, San Giovanni Novantasette: 100% Sangiovese.
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosso, Aleatico: 50cl bottle.
Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosso, Murtas: 2002 Sangiovese, Cab Sauvignon, Colorino. | 2015 40% Sangiovese, 40% Cab Sauv, 20% Colorino. Each variety vinified apart. Merlot style nose, Cabernet-style palate (Anteprima 2018).
Colli dell’Etruria Centrale IGT Vin Santo: From Trebbiano Toscano and San Colombano.
Fattoria San Michele a Torri
Via San Michele, 36
I-50020 Scandicci (FI), Italy
Tel+39 055.769111 | Website www.fattoriasanmichele.it