Panizzi: Conventional winery in Località Santa Margherita in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany, Italy. It produces white wines under the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG and red wines under the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and San Gimignano Rosso DOC denominations.

Background: In 1978 Giovanni Panizzi (Lombardian), a computing specialist from Milan, bought the estate (then known as Podere Santa Margherita) when there was just one hectare of vines. He had first come to Tuscany to do his military service in Florence. He had previously run a vineyard in Tezzo sull’Adda in the province of Milan. In the 1980s Giovanni Panizzi began to dedicating himself to wine-growing and augmenting the size of the vineyard. In 1989 Panizzi bottled his first wines. In 1994 he relocated to San Gimignano. From 1995 new vineyards were added and new wines made. In 2005 the estate was handed over to Luano and then Simone Niccolai.

Staff: Direttore: Walter Sovran (his first harvest here as a winemaker was 2011. Still there in 2020). 

Vineyards: 60ha hectares (150 acres) of vineyards in both San Gimignano (on 4 sites or terroirs) and Seggiano (a single site. 8ha in total. Of this 6.5ha of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5ha of Semillon, Sauvignon and Traminer for passito). The cellar and 10 hectares of vines are in Santa Margherita, at 240 metres. The main vineyard of 32 hectares is in Larniano at 300 metres. They ripen around 7 days apart. Some vines are on lyre (it seems). Worked with Rauscedo on (I think) clonal selection. 

Dry white wines

Toscana Bianco, Evoe: 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Oak fermented and aged.

Toscana Bianco, Bianco di Gianni: 1996 Debut. 70% Vernaccia, 30% Chardonnay, the latter aged in new wood. | 2000 70% Vernaccia, 30% Chardonnay.

 Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Panizzi: 93-95% Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 5-7% other white grapes. | 1991 Chemical nose and odd palate, lactic and varnishy but not in a pleasant way (Vernaccia Vintage tasting, 14 Feb 2005). | 1994 Bit lactic on the nose; rich fruit with and depth (Vernaccia Vintage tasting, 14 Feb 2005). | 1996 Mid-gold, some varnish and lactone but astringent and dry, especially at finish so some VA (Vernaccia Vintage tasting 14 Feb 2005). | 2004 Clean, elegant and herby (winery visit14 Feb 2005). | 2011 L1206 OK, dense, modern, has weight, maybe needs time to open a bit in Viale Piave 32 on 7 Nov 2012 with Julie and Louise Harrison. | 2012 Decent Gavi-like lime-citrus (Anteprima 2013). | 2018 13.5% alc. 2.7g/l residual sugar. Well made, soft mid-weight round fruit (2019 Anteprima.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Vigna Santa Margherita: 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano. | 2003 Starts ferment in tank and finishes in barrel then ages there for five months. Full, solid, a hint of wood though and again herby but decent with a warm finish at the winery on Monday 14 Feb 2005. | 2011 Citric (Anteprima 2013). | 2014 12,000 bottles. | 2015 12,000 bottles. | 2016 15,000 bottles. | 2017 9,000 bottles. 14% alc. 50% fermented in stainless steel, 50% in 2nd fill barrels. Creamy rich yellow fruit (2019 Anteprima).

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva, Panizzi: 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Barrel fermented, barrel aged. | 1990 Mid-gold, smoky bacon, bit too fat (Vernaccia Vintage 2005). | 1996 Very lactic nose, fat style, plenty of spritz but acetaldehyde (Vernaccia Vintage 2005). | 2001 BF and one year on lees with lees stirring. Oaky style, rich and buttery at the winery on Monday 14 Feb 2005. | 2015 From the best plots or lots. 13.5% Fermented in new French oak. On fine lees in barrel with lees stirring for 6m. Decent depth and well judged oak (2019 Anteprima).

Pink wines

Toscana Rosato, Ceraso: 50% each Merlot and Sangiovese.

Red wines

Toscana Rosso, Crease: 2004 Sangiovese and a bit of Canaiolo. Light, a clairet more than a red. Clean, modern cheese (Visit, Monday 14 Feb 2005).

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG Riserva, Vertunno: Named after the god Vertunnus who presided over the change of the seasons90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

San Gimignano Rosso DOC, Folgore | Named after a C15th poet who wrote sonnets about the months of the year and described the grape harvest. | 2001 75% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 10% CS, picked together when the late ripening Sangiovese is ripe and the other grapes are over-ripe. 14 months in barrel. Lightish, dry tannins from wood and grapes, blackcurrant dominates and a bit green too (Visit 2005).

San Gimignano Rosso DOC, Pinot Nero: 100% Pinot Noir.

Sweet white wines

Passito di Toscana | Sémillon, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc.

Other activities: Extra Virgin olive oil from 14ha of Leccino, Frantoio and Moraiolo. Agritourism (since 2015).


Società Agricola Panizzi srl

Località Santa Margherita, 34

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

Tel+39 0577 941 576 |