TENUTA CARRETTA Piedmont
Located in Piobesi d’Alba in the Roero region, Tenuta Carretta has been a cultivated estate since 1584.
Since being purchased in 1985 by the Miroglios, a Milanese textile family, the estate has been restored
to its former glory and now produces world class wines from holdings of around 70 ha which include
a precious share in the famous cru of “Cannubi”.
The name Carretta derives from the word “car”, which means stone, so it came naturally to give the
name Carretta to the nearby chalk bank that surfaces a few dozen metres from the entrance to the
Estate and runs east for about a kilometre.
The winery’s beating heart is Roero, an area of Piedmont situated in the north-east of Cuneo province.
It takes its name from the Roero family, which ruled over this territory for centuries from medieval
The most prestigious vineyards, where the Nebbiolo vines used to produce Barolo and Barbaresco
are grown, are to be found in the Langhe, a historic region of Piedmont spanning Cuneo and Asti
provinces, and bordering Monferrato and Roero. As well as its thriving service sector, the Langhe
is also famed for its wines, acclaimed the world over, particularly the reds, Barolo, Nebbiolo and
Barbaresco. Equally famous is the Alba white truffle, celebrated at a festival that takes place in Alba
every year and attracts thousands of visitors from far and near. Also grown everywhere is the Tonda
Gentile delle Langhe hazelnut, made famous by the confectionary products of the Ferrero company
The passion for the vine and wine is the hallmark of this family business founded in 1984 by Nazarene
Pola, set in the heart of the Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC at Col San Martino and still follows their
production from vineyard to cellar, expertly combining ancient methods and modern technology,
the passion with reason. Stefano Pola continues today in the conduct of the company with the same
philosophy of his father. An evolution that has led to Andreola and thorough understanding of the
“character” of Prosecco, the evolution of the vine, its adaptability to different territory and climatic
diversity. The focus is on producing wines of geographical typicality and minimal use of sulphur.
SANTA SOFIA Veneto
Located in the beautiful hilltop town of Pedemonte, the superb noble villa dates back to 1560 and
contains damp and rustic cellars ideal for the aging of red wine in large (1000+ litres) slavonian and
allier oak barrels.
Patriarch Giancarlo Begnoni together with son Luciano, who own Santa Sofia employ a “strategy of
excellence” and make classic Valpolicella and Soave as well as Bardolino and Custoza wines.
A second label, Antichello, boasts eminently drinkable Valpolicella, Soave, Pinot Grigio and
Montepulciano at attractive prices.
POGGIO MAESTRINO Tuscany
Sharing owners in common with our Chianti producer Tenuta di Capraia, the Spiaggiole comes from
20 hectares of prime coastal siliceous clay soils which are rather gravelly, shallow and arid; great
conditions for bright, fresh Sangiovese for short to midterm cellaring.
Morellino di Scansano DOCG is an Italian red wine made in the hilly environs of the village of
Scansano (GR), in the Maremma, which includes a part of the coast of southern Tuscany which has
an ancient but obscure tradition of winemaking. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape
varietal. Many people think that the name Morellino comes from “Morello” (brown), the colour of
Maremmano horses. The name may also come from the Morello cherry, an almost inky red cherry
with great tartness and acidity. The wine, which was granted DOC status in 1978, and upgraded to
DOCG status from the 2007 vintage, is made from at least 85% Sangiovese (which is also the basis of
the tuscan wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). The remaining
0–15% can comprise any non aromatic black grape varieties included in a list made and periodically
updated by the Regione Toscana (Tuscany) local authorities.
“Morellino di Scansano, the quintessential wine of the Maremma, is now the Tuscan wine of choice
in the chicest enoteche (wine bars) of Rome. I’ve loved morellino since I first came across it, tasting
samples with my wine merchant father, nearly 20 years ago, when it was fairly new on the wine map.”
– Harry Eyres, The Telegraph London.
iL POGGIONE Tuscany
The story of Tenuta Il Poggione tells of Lavinio Franceschi, whose greatest achievement was to see
the possibilities of the Sangiovese grapes that had always been grown in the area. After more than
a century, Lavinio Franceschi’s work is still a fundamental point of reference for his successors,
Leopoldo and Livia, who continue to develop the business with that same dedication and unflagging
passion, combining the ancient skills of winemaking crafts and tradition with the latest, most
Today, Tenuta Il Poggione is one of Montalcino’s major wineries. The estate’s guiding principle is to
pay meticulous attention to the vineyards. Diversified agriculture is also essential, so that vines are
alternated with a variety of crops and wild animals are allowed to live in harmony with nature.
CASTELLO SAN SANO Tuscany
This silent and secluded village nestled among oak and chestnut woods, a stone’s throw from Gaiole
in Chianti. The 230-hectare farm merges the charm of thirteenth century vernacular architecture
with an ideal micro climate giving life to the best Chianti grapes, distributed over 90 hectares of vineplanted
land, all designated DOCG Chianti Classico. Positioned in the heart of Historic Chianti, at an
altitude of 391 metres, on the hill which dominates the vast valley which terminates in Vagliagli on the
San Sano farm. The vineyards are amalgamated onto a high plain, which ranges from 430 to 380 metres
in height. The vines are closely planted at 5,000 vines per hectare and yields average 2kg per vine for
the Vigneto della Rana and 1.5kg per vine for the Classico. All wines are made on the property.
The stony soil, crossed by numerous small torrents called “borri”, has become a fertile cradle of
sangiovese, canaiolo and cabernet, vines that make up the different grape varieties of the Castello di
San Sano wines. This land is also home to oil production, Cinta senese pig breeding and sheep farming,
in the continuous search for an eco-systemic balance.
We have selected the Vigneto della Rana Chianti in 750ml bottles and the San Sano Chianti Classico
in 375ml bottles for our portfolio.
TENUTA ULISSE d'Abruzzo
Although the family has been cultivating vineyards for generations, Tenuta Ulisse was only founded in 2006 and is symbolic of the oenological renaissance in Abruzzo. A reliable award winner, this quite large producer spread over many estates in the region but operates an artisan winery. An extensive list of labels is the result of keeping fruit parcels separate – sorting the batches brought from vineyards into quality levels.
CANTINE OLIVI Tuscany
Nestled in the hills of Siena in the heart of the land of the Etruscans, a land of great wines, where
nature is still pristine and the rolling landscape is like a work of art, Le Buche Farm produces wine
with a passion, in which technological innovation joins forces with the classical methods of Tuscan
master grape growers.
Giuseppe and his son Riccardo developed a new grape growing and winemaking project, with the
help of the agricultural and enological consultants Laura Bernini, Andrea Paoletti and Prof. Daniel
Currently the Le Buche estate has 27 hectares of vineyard planted in 2002 with a high density 6,666
plants per hectare. A recent purchase of 4 hectares of old vine Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese
complete Cantine Olivi.
They champion French varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot,
Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, growing right alongside traditional Italian varieties of Sangiovese,
Malvasia, Trebbiano and Verdicchio. The ancient indigenous Tuscan variety of Pugnitello – rediscovered
and studied by a team led by Prof. Bandinelli of the University of Florence – was planted in 2005 at the
Le Buche Farm.
Pugnitello, so named because the grape bunches are small but shaped like a fist (pugno in Italian). It
is a dark skinned variety with high potential for wine. The wines are deeply coloured with rich fruit
flavours, firm yet smooth tannins and fresh acidity, and benefits from barrel ageing.