One of the oldest wineries in the region, it was known by the Etruscans and the Romans as a refreshment stop for travelers between Florence and Siena, and is the site of the signing of the peace treaties that determined the border of the Republic of Florence at Fonterutoli in 1202 and 1208.
The story is that to finally settle the wars over the Chianti region, the borders would be decided by a horse race: the riders would set off at the crowing of the cock, a black rooster representing Florence and a white rooster for Siena. Where they met would determine the border between the two. But the Florentines kept their rooster locked up and starving, and on the morning of the race, they let him out long before dawn and he crowed. The Florentine knight heard this and set off well ahead of the Sienese knight, to meet almost at the outskirts of Siena - at Fonterutoli.
Fonterutoli was a hamlet, and has been owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, over twenty-four generations. It is one of the ten oldest family businesses in Italy, and run by Lapo Mazzei with the help of his sons, Filippo and Francesco. In addition to the vineyards, they have 3,500 olive trees producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chianti Classico DOP, as well as cultivating lavender for a range of cosmetic products.
Belguardo Rosé – a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Syrah that after pressing the grapes, has only a few minutes skin contact, to produce a very light and delicate wine.
Flagship wine, Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2008 – made from 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. This wine isn’t produced every year (there is no 2009 vintage, only 2008 and 2010). Fonterutoli select the very best of their 50 parcels of Sangiovese for this wine, which is subsequently aged in new French oak for sixteen months, to produce a meaty wine with aromas of licorice and pepper, backed up by sweet vanilla and oak.
Siepi 2008, Toscana IGT – a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Merlot, Siepi is well-balanced, with velvety tannins from aging for sixteen months in new French barrels and a further ten months in the bottle.
Ser Lapo 2010 – a beautifully made wine, from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, Ser Lapo has aromas and tastes of redcurrants. It is a smooth wine, rounded, with supple tannins.
Tenuta Belguardo 2008 is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. With flavours of cassis and black pepper, this wine is deep, rich and delicious.
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