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    About the winemakers
    Tuscany | Chianti

    The story sounds adventurous and almost invented: As a young man Pier Luigi Tolaini emigrated to Canada to earn the necessary money for the foundation of a winery in Tuscany. After having done many odd jobs at first, the emigrant in North America became a powerful forwarder with a large fleet of vehicles. In 1998 the successful entrepreneur returned to his homeland and acquired the two estates San Giovanni and Montebello, situated between Pianella and Vagliagli near Castelnuovo Berardenga in the Chianti Classico area. Only two years later the winery was finished. Another two years passed before Pier Luigi was able to enjoy the first bottled wine. After a few stylistic adjustments, the Tolaini Winery now produces five high-quality wines.

    The fact that the Patriot, who did not fit into any scheme, was quickly successful, can play in the league of the Supertoskaner and regularly receives high ratings from wine experts is due to the fact that he leaves nothing to chance with his team in the 50 hectare and very densely planted vineyards. Only the best grapes should find their way into the avant-garde cellar. Although the owner of the estate favours native grape varieties in Tuscany - above all the Sangiovese grape - he can also warm up for Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Pier Luigi does not overestimate the use of wood for vinification. He primarily uses small barrels. The head oenologist and winery manager Francesco Rosi is assisted by Michel Rolland, a top-class consultant, for production.

    Picconero, a cuvée of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, is one of Tolaini's top wines that has received many awards. The red wines Valdisanti and Al Passo also play in the upper wine league. For some years now, a Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from single vineyard and a beautiful "Entry chianti" the assortment. SUPERIORE.DE

    "Meticulous care in the vineyard according to the Bordeaux model, little useless coercion in the cellar and cooperation with international consultants make Pier Luigi Tolaini's still rather young winery an important company in Chianti Classico."Gambero Rosso


    • Owner: Pier Luigi Tolaini
    • Oenologists: Francesco Rosi, Diego Bonato and Michel Rolland
    • Agronomist: Davide Xodo
    • Annual production: approx. 220,000 bottles
    • Vineyard: approx. 50 hectares
    • Conventional cultivation