Azienda Agricola Fornacelle di Giusti Marco is an organic estate in Località Benedetto in the northern part of the San Gimignano region of Tuscany in Italy. In 2019 owner Marco Giusti was making his own wines whilst selling the majority of his grapes to the co-operative. White wines are made under the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG. Red wines are made under the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG.

Owner: Marco Giusti (v nice guy).

Estate vineyards: In Loc. San Benedetto. 250m. | 2012 4.5ha of Vernaccia (clay, high ground), 3ha of Chianti Colli Senesi, 1ha of Toscana Bianco and 1ha of Toscana Rosso. | 2019 | 11ha on a single piece of land of which 8ha of vines and 3ha of olive trees and field-sown crops. Merlot on low-lying, stony soil. 

Terroir: Hill top ridge, south-facing. 180-200 metres. Very mixed soils: clay, tufo, sand and calcareous fragments.

Viticulture: Cover crops: Oats (Avena sativa), barley (‘orzo’) and broad beans (Vicia faba). | Rootstocks: 110 Paulsen (clay soils). SO4 (sandy soils).

Organic certification: 2017 First vintage with full organic certification.

White wines

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG2010 Phenolic (Anteprima 2013). | 2011 Oxidised and/or cork, chalky (Anteprima 2013). | 2017 Simple, round  Anteprima 2018. | 2018 Simple, round (Anteprima 2019). | 2019 100% stainless steel. No MLF. 13% alc. Nice width (Anteprima 2020).

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva, Fiora: Barrel fermented. 6m in oak. Simple (Anteprima 2019). | 2017 800 bottles. Fermented in 2nd fill tonneaux. Completed malolactic fermentation. |  2018 800 bottles. Fermented in 2nd fill tonneaux. Well-handled oak. No malolactic fermentation. 


Azienda Agricola Fornacelle

Località San Benedetto, 46

I-53037 San Gimignano (SI), Italy

Tel+39 0577 944958 |