Prunecchio Bianco Toscano Fattoria di Sammontana
A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Trebbiano, 5% Malvasi from Montelupo Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy from makers Daniele & Andrea.
Prunecchio’ is the name of the block where these grapes are found. The vines are along the ‘Via del Prunecchio,’ a path from which it gets its name.
All of the grapes are estate-grown and located all around their property. The soils are pretty consistent around most parcels - limestone and an alluvial influence, very stony, gravelly, a soil where not much else but their vines and olive trees can thrive. The farming has been organic since the first generation in the 1860’s (though officially certified since 2012), and biodynamic across all 16 hectares since 2012.
The grapes are harvested around the same time and vinified together. Destemmed, then direct pressed into steel tanks where fermentation kicks off and lasts around 10 days. The wine stays on its fine lees for around 6 months during which time it is left to undergo full malolactic fermentation. Bottled with a tiny sulphite addition, unfined unfiltered.
The Fattoria di Sammontana with the adjacent Romanesque church of the 12th century , originally a property of the Medici family, Grand Dukes of Tuscany , was donated by them to the religious canons of the church of San Lorenzo in Florence. The monks used this property as a place of rest and retirement, but they also built a large underground cellar and nearby constructed a grand furnace with overlapping arches for the production of pottery and terracotta. In 1867, the main building along with the church, furnace and entire farm was bought by Michele Dzieduszycki, a Polish nobleman whom loved spending his vacations in Tuscany. His son, Maurizio, specialized in art and Renaissance literature, married an Italian woman and thus came to reside permanently in Tuscany. But it is Maurizio’s son, Massimo, to whom we owe credit for first directing the farm to excellence in quality wine and oil production. Today, the family - now in its fourth generation - runs the farm according to organic and biodynamic criteria, with the intent to fully preserve and sustain the traditions and winemaking secrets of this land.
Organic, biodynamic, vegan/veggie, low sulphur, unfined and unflitered.