Gambero Rosso Winery of the Year 2020
Florence, November 2019. Gambero Rosso has named Frescobaldi its Winery of The Year for 2020, welldeserved recognition for what Frescobaldi has achieved in recent years, thanks to terrific teamwork based on strategic plans for each individual terroir of every family wine estate. The Frescobaldi family’s vision translates into passionate attention to detail and the team’s painstaking monitoring of the evolution of the estates’ wines and their surrounding environments.
“We bestowed the award of “2020 Winery of the Year” on Frescobaldi for its success in combining tradition with strategic vision and innovation, for its unceasing striving for absolute excellence and uncompromising attention to detail, from quality-selection of the berries to label design,” in the words of the official statement by Marco Sabellico, Gambero Rosso Guide editor, together with Gianni Fabrizio. They continue, “Their commitment, particularly obvious in recent years, to bringing out the unique qualities of each terroir and the professionalism of their staff find few peers in the Italian and international wine world. Here are a family and a winery that are worthy ambassadors to the world of Italy and its values”.
“Our philosophy, Cultivating Toscana Diversity, means that each of our wine estates has its own managing director, and its own winemaker as well, usually a young professional with international experience. Nicolò D’Afflitto, our winemaking director since 1990, coordinates all these operations,” stated Frescobaldi Group President Lamberto Frescobaldi. “Our unwavering intention is to showcase the talents, if you will, of every single terroir, and of every individual vineyard, assisting the vines, for example, to find their own balance, in natural processes that privilege the use of non-chemical fertilisers and grasses in cover-cropping. That of course also involves meticulously-planned and executed winemaking efforts, all overseen by our winemaker and technical director, Nicolò d’Afflitto”.
Each wine estate is distinctive. The name Nipozzano, in the Chianti Rufina zone, derives from “niente pozzi (no wells),” alluding to the scarcity of water in its soils, a condition that induces the vine-roots to push deeper to access water, even in difficult years. This estate produces Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Riserva 2016, which earned the Tre Bicchieri award in 2020. Tenuta Perano, located in Gaiole in Chianti, the highest town in Chianti Classico, boasts three natural amphitheatres, each unique, and its Sangiovese yields wines of stunning complexity, in particular the Rialzi cru, which produces Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Rialzi 2015, awarded the Tre Bicchieri. At Pomino, whose elevations reach 600 metres, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have been cultivated since the 1800s, thanks to the far-sighted ability of Leonia Degli Albizi, great-great-grandmother of Lamberto Frescobaldi. Castelgiocondo, in Montalcino, contains a veritable library of Sangiovese clones, plus three separate climates and soils, whose finest expression is the Brunello di Montalcino Ripe al Convento cru wine. Ammiraglia, in Tuscany’s coastal Maremma, enjoys the combined benefits of the sun and nearby sea, plus constant breezes, ideal conditions for producing great rosés. Finally, Castiglioni and Remole complete the roster of distinctive estate terroirs.