Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta | Estate winery in the Montepulciano region of Tuscany, Italy. Its red wines include Rosso di Montepulciano DOC and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC.

Owners | Owned by the Seta Ferrari Corbelli family since the mid-1900s. They inherited it from their relatives, the Svetoni family who built the villa, the park around it and the Italian style garden in the early 1800s. In 1864 the Vino Nobile of the Svetoni cellars (as the estate was then called) won a prize at the Turin international agricultural fair. At some stage the estate was divided between Piera Mazzucchelli della Seta and her brother, a Svetoni. She took the villa and 50% of the vines, he took the fattoria and 50% of the vines. Piera Mazzucchelli has been succeded by her son Giorgio and the latter’s children Marco Galdina Vannoza. In 2011, Marco Vanozza, and Galdina della Seta Ferrari Corbelli Greco became the new owners (the previous owner being their grandmother, Mrs Piera Mazzucchelli) with their father Giorgio. The new owners revmaped the winemaking facilities, leaving the wines aged in oak to do so in the historic cellars under the villa.

Winemaker | Giuseppe Rigoli (whose own winery is the Fattoria Ambra in Carmignano).

Vineyards | The estate comprises 70ha in total (Park, villa, garden, vines). | 2018 19.5 hectares of vines in four blocks in the hilly Gracciano area of Montepulciano. Mainly loamy-clay, with 3ha on sandier soils.

Organic certification | Stopped using herbicides in the late 1990s. Did use systemics. | 2018 First vintage with full organic certification.

Red wines

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Gracciano della Seta | 2018 14% alc. Pure crunchy red fruit, classic and bright, very good (Anteprima 2020).

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Gracciano della Seta | 2010 Prugnolo Gentile 90%, Merlot 10%. Good traditional style (Anteprima, 2014). | 2015 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Nero and Merlot. 14.2% alcohol. Aged 25% in 500-litre tonneaux, and 75% in French and Slavonian vats of 26-50hl. Attractive broad plummy fruit for earlyish consumption (Anteprima 2018). USA is the main market. | 2016 14% alc. Really good classic Vino Nobile, clean, savoury, old vineyand with clear fruit and well handled tannins (Anteprima 2019). | 2017 Lovely crunch to the fruit Clear red fruit flavours, totally unforced and very far from modernist: a classic (Anteprima 2020) and I told Giuseppe Rigoli who was pouring the wines at the event.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva2001 Nice Pinot Noir-style of new French oak and light fruit, needs a bit more concentration and less heat and dry wood at the finish but not a bad effort and has more texture than 2002 even if the wood is a little unlcean at the finish (Consorzio, 8th March 2005).


Fattoria Svetoni

Via Umbria, 63

Loc Gracciano,  I-53045 Montepulciano (SI = Siena), Italy