Sangiovese, King of Tuscany. Santo Stefano 2020 at the ONAV tasting
The first writing that mentions Sangiovese is “the cultivation of vines” by Solderini, a book of 1590, which indicates Sangiovese as a vine notable for its abundant productivity. It is in fact a vine with a large bunch, which can also produce a lot of grapes, giving rise to very light wines. At the same time, however, if it grows on soils that are poor and rich in skeleton, it will be less generous in quantity and this will allow us to produce with its fruits, fuller, alcoholic wines with never banal tannins.
The name is thought to come from Sangue di Giove or San Giovanni due to the rather early ripening period. There is a lot of religious syncretism in this assonance between Jupiter and Saint John, where then perhaps Jupiter can be replaced by Janus.
His birthplace has always been disputed between Romagna and Tuscany. We can see it as the main red vine of central Italy. In fact it is also widely cultivated in Umbria, Marche and Lazio. The resulting wines are many and therefore very different, for land, yields per hectare and vinifications. The most typical areas are Romagna and Tuscany, where the famous areas of Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Maremma stand out. It is rarely vinified alone as in Brunello di Montalcino. More often it was and is blended with other vines, above all to tame its too harsh tannins, but also to improve its naturally somewhat dull colour. We will then find it in the company of black Malvasia, Ciliegiolo, Trebbiano, Merlot, or to give it a little color, since as mentioned it has little, with Colorino, more Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Petit Verdot. In recent years, however, also given the improvement of the clones on the market, much richer in anthocyanins than the old ones, there are more and more pure Sangiovese, even outside of Montalcino.
Wines for tasting:
1. Chianti Montespertoli DOCG Castello di Sonnino 2021
2. Chianti Superiore DOCG La Leccia 2021
3. Morellino di Scansano DOCG Terenzi 2020
4. Chianti Classico Santo Stefano DOCG 2020
5. Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Poliziano 2019
6. Santo Stefano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018
7. Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Franco Pacenti 2017
Lunch on the farm, Saturday 3rd December
Tasting of the New Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2022 with a dish of Ribollita, a taste of our 3 Chianti Classico docg red wines that accompany the mixed grill of pork sausages, rosticciana and cut of beef. To say goodbye, we will toast with our Vinsanto accompanied by cantuccini and panforte, grappa and coffee.
We look forward to seeing you at the 50th Expo del Chianti Classico
After two years of restrictions, the 50th Edition of Expo Chianti Classico returns to its former glory with the producers in P.zza Matteotti, to have their wines tasted and to tell you their great enological stories.
As always, we at Fattoria Santo Stefano will also be present, at our stand it will be possible to taste our latest vintages, the Chianti Classico 2019 and 2020, the Riserva Il Drugo 2018 and the Gran Salezione 2018.
The Chianti Classico Expo will go live on Thursday 8 September with the ribbon cutting attended by the municipal administration of Greve in Chianti, the representatives of the Chianti Classico Consortium and the Chianti Municipalities. The inauguration is scheduled at 5 pm in Piazza Matteotti, accompanied by musical interventions by the folkloristic group “Gli Amici di Chianti” and the participation of the historical procession of Wine and the Contado di Rufina. The day will continue at 18.00 in the space of the “Encounters Garden” with the presentation of the book “The infinite road. Stories, routes, landscapes in the lands of Greve in Chianti ”edited by the Rai journalist Marco Hagge and the photographs by Andrea Rontini.
Friday 9 September at 12.00 in the council room of the Town Hall “DOPairing Oil Tasting Lunch”: a story tasting on the DOP Chianti Classico Oil, to learn to know and be able to distinguish an excellent oil and its best combinations, with Roberto Rappuoli , agronomist technician of the Chianti Classico DOP Oil Consortium.
At 4.00 pm in the council room of the Town Hall “ABC on Wine”: how to taste and better understand a wine, through a tasting of 3 Chianti Classico, leads: Valentino Tesi best Sommelier in Italy.
At 6.00 pm in the garden of Piazza Matteotti: guided tasting “ABC on Wine”: how to taste and better understand a wine, through a tasting of 3 Chianti Classico, leads: the sommelier Valentino Tesi.
Saturday 10 September at 12.00 and (in replication) at 17 in the council room of the Town Hall guided tasting “Le U.G.A. from the North: San Casciano, Greve in Chianti, Montefioralle, Lamole, Panzano, San Donato in Poggio, discovering the new Additional Geographical Units of Chianti Classico ”, leads Valentino Tesi.
Sunday 11 September at 4.00 pm in the council chamber of the Town Hall: “ABC on Wine” how to taste and better understand a wine, through a tasting of 3 Chianti Classico, leads Valentino Tesi.
At 6.30 pm in the garden of Piazza Matteotti: “The Black Rooster and its combinations”, tasting of Chianti Classico and Vinsanto del Chianti Classico paired with gastronomic proposals from Grevigiani restaurants, leads Valentino Tesi.
The tastings are subject to a fee (€ 15 p.p. and € 20 “The Black Rooster and its combinations”) and are by reservation with a maximum of 40 seats available. To book, send an email to email@example.com.
• Rules of access to the event
You buy a glass at the cashier, with a wine guide which includes the card / ticket which entitles you to 7 tastings. These tastings can be consumed in any single stand or pavilion, ONLY under presentation and validation of the card (each of you will be provided with a manual validator).
The quantity of wine for each tasting will be indicated by a small line printed on the glass itself, which we advise you not to exceed. The Riserva, the Gran Selezione and the Vin Santo can be served after double obliteration.
Our Chianti Classico 2019 in the Masnaghetti selection
Fattoria Santo Stefano already last year joined the association of producers Viticulturists of Greve in Chianti with the mission of protecting and promoting the entire territory of Greve, protecting the associated wineries, promoting sustainability through protection and enhancement. of the territory, the redevelopment of dystonic areas, the development of wine tourism and agricultural productions that favor biodiversity. To date, the association has 32 companies.
In order to promote and make its business known in an ever wider and more widespread way, the association has organized an event by invitation reserved for the press and selected guests scheduled for Thursday 1 September 2022 in Greve in Chianti (FI) which will be included as part of the cycle of initiatives “Waiting for the Expo”, on the weekend preceding the fiftieth anniversary of the Chianti Classico Expo.
The day will begin at 17:00 with a masterclass for a small and selected number of guests, led by the great expert of Chianti Classico (and not only), Alessandro Masnaghetti, publisher of Enogea, with whom he has published numerous volumes on some of the most important Italian wine areas (Barolo MGA, Barbaresco MGA, just to name a few).
Masnaghetti is also about to present the Atlas of Chianti Classico: the first book in the world dedicated exclusively to the territory of the Black Rooster, its municipalities, its vineyards and its Additional Geographical Units (UGA).
The masterclass, organized at the historic Enoteca Falorni, will allow you to learn more about the peculiarities and differences of the vast territory of the Municipality of Greve in Chianti through the wines for tasting, each coming from a different area and company of the Greve Winemakers Association. among these our Chianti Classico 2019 Fattoria Santo Stefano.
The event will continue at 20:00 in the main square, the heart of the town: Piazza Matteotti, which will be set up for a dinner under the stars, preceded by a standing aperitif, where guests will have the opportunity to meet the Greve winemaker in Chianti, as well as during the following dinner. The aperitif and dinner will be partially open to the public, with the possibility of buying a ticket to participate in the exclusive evening at the price of Euro 120.00 pp, including dinner seated and served with a 4-course menu, as well as the possibility of tasting all the 38 wines for tasting during the evening. Tickets available are limited: to reserve a seat you need to access this link: https://www.viticoltorigreveinchianti.com/esventure/. About 140 guests are expected in the square. FISAR from Florence.
TASTINGREVE, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May
Fattoria Santo Stefano will also be among the companies participating in the weekend dedicated to the wines of Greve in Chianti, the 2022 edition of TASTINGFGREVE will take place on 7 and 8 May, 23 wineries await you to discover their products and experiences. You will be able to taste 3 wines in each company. The more companies you visit the more you win – every 5 companies you will receive a bottle of Chianti Classico for free.
you will receive
✔️A glass of the Viticoltori with traccola brings 🍷 to be collected at the first stop of the route;
✔️A map of the companies with a tastinGreve route 🗺 to be discovered also at this link https://www.viticoltorigreveinchianti.com/contatti-e-dove-siamo/
✔️possibility to visit 23 of the 32 member companies 😃
Cellars opening hours 10:00 – 17:00
We are waiting for you in the heart of the Chianti Classico ❤️
The companies open to visits are the following:
1. Ottoman farm 2. Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari -Nozzole estate 3. Altiero farm 4. Campriano farm 5. Corte di Valle farm 6. Az. Agr. Manetti Leonardo 7. Richari Porciglia 8. Ca ‘di Pesa 9. Querceto Castle 10. Verrazzano Castle 11. Vicchiomaggio Castle 12. La Presura Farm 13. Santo Stefano Farm 14. Montecalvi 15. San Cresci Parish 16. Savignola Paolina 17 Sugame 18. Land 19. Terre di Baccio 20. Terre di Melazzano 21. Torraccia di Presura 22. Vignamaggio 23. Villa Calcinaia
Sunday 27 March, greetings to Spring
For the day of Sunday 27 March we have organized a very special event, spring is coming and here at Fattoria Santo Stefano, we have decided to say goodbye by organizing an event that celebrates our new vintages and good food. The program is very interesting and includes a guided tour of our farm, we will guide you to discover the history of our company with a path that will start from our vineyards to end in our charming barrel cellar.
At the end we will taste together our new vintages on the market, the Chianti Classico 2019 and the Riserva il Drugo 2018, in combination with the dishes of our tradition: the Tuscan appetizer, the homemade pasta and then ending with the mixed roast. .
The program in detail:
11.30 am Welcome of guests on the farm
12.00 Guided tour of the vineyard and barrel cellar
1.00 pm Tasting of the Chianti Classico 2019 and the reserve “Il Drugo” 2018 in combination with traditional dishes
Total cost: € 45 per person
Tastings, we will be present in Milan in Wine and Chianti Classico Collection 2022
Appointments are restarted to taste our wines at their best, after two years of cancellations and delays due to the pandemic, we are back to let sector operators (buyers, sommeliers, restaurateurs, etc.) taste our new vintages.
It starts on March 18 with Milano in Vino showcase dedicated to the most interesting winemaking realities of our country, we will be present with our stand in Piazza Città di Lombardia, the largest covered area in Europe and is created in the curvilinear space between the buildings of Palazzo Lombardia.
To accompany the wine tasting, there will also be some in-depth masterclasses conducted by professionals of the sector who will guide the public in the knowledge of wine in its different and fascinating expressions.
We continue with the Chianti Classico Collection in Florence, at the Stazione Leopolda on 21 and 22 March, two days dedicated to Chianti Classico labels reserved for the press and professionals in the sector.
We will bring a preview of our Chianti Classico 2021 (the barrel sample) followed by the new vintages of Riserva il Drugo and Gran Selezione 2018, without forgetting 2019 and 2020. recently bottled but ready to be tasted even by the most demanding palates.
Reaching the Leopolda Station in Florence is very simple, in fact there is a stop for the “Leopolda” Tramway which stops in front of the entrance to the fair, our exhibition space will be number 31.
If you are a buyer or a restaurateur you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment reserved for you both in Milan and Florence.
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Organic for duty
When our father Mauro Bendinelli left us Fattoria Santo Stefano, he also transferred to us children a great responsibility: that of respecting, preserving and keeping our land and its fruits healthy.
We are organic! We therefore have an eye on the environment, the protection of resources and the maintenance of soil fertility but also the recycling of waste, and the maintenance of biodiversity. To do this we try to use agronomic practices that respect the environment, aimed at keeping the soil alive and rich in nutrients such as rotations, mechanical weeding, green manuring. For our vineyards and our olive groves we only use organic fertilizers of animal and vegetable origin (such as compost), mixed with other vegetable components such as algae.
In fact, we think that producing wine in a natural way is not a technique, but a way of approaching life with the awareness that the territory must not be used but must be lived.
This period of the year (February) is a very important time for us, we are in fact engaged in the pruning of our vines, we use a mixed system of Tuscan arch and spurred cordon.
We use the spurred cordon in the Lago, Chiesa, Querceto, Frutteto and Sobole vineyards.It is a type of training that requires more time to set up, as it is necessary to form a robust and long permanent structure. In practice, the cord is the extension of the stump of the vine, which is placed on the supporting wire in a horizontal line and on whose back the spurs are inserted. Its height from the ground is usually 90-100 cm. The grapes produced by this type of farming are used for the production of our most important wines such as the Riserva il Drugo and the Gran Selezione.
In our vineyards we also use the Tuscan arch or overturned, a training system similar to the Guyot from which it differs in the arched curvature of the shoots, which can be more or less pronounced. We use this pruning in the vineyards called Fonte, Pino and Cantina, this allows us to identify three phases or cuts: past, present and future. These are conventional definitions to describe what was left on the plant in the past year; the one on which the present pruning will have to be carried out and the one that will be left on the plant for the future.
The party for our 60 harvests
Saturday 23 October 2021 at our company we celebrated sixty years of activity with a vertical in the barrel room, a tasting of old vintages – Chianti Classico 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014 (Magnum, Chianti Classico Riserva il Drugo), 2016 , 2017, 2018 – and a lunch with the dishes of chef Matteo Caccavo of Osteria Il Pratellino. Eight vintages in the presence of professionals including sommeliers, journalists and bloggers from the sector.
The event was introduced and presented by Leonardo Romanelli, a well-known gastronome, journalist and sommelier, and Giampaolo Chiettini, an oenologist who has been involved in the Santo Stefano company for years.
“Santo Stefano is a family business that is located in a land that has an important history, – says Giampaolo Chiettini – in 1716, the year in which Cosimo III determined the boundaries of Chianti, it was said that in this area there were wines that ‘could navigate’, that is, also suitable for export because they would not have wasted; here there is fabric, there is character, they are wines to drink. Our greatest work is in the vineyard during the harvest, only the best grapes will be vinified for our labels, and in difficult years, such as 2014, we always manage to find the vineyard that best responds to adversity “.
Many journalists and bloggers attended the tasting, including the AIS delegate for Tuscany Massimo Castellani, who focused particularly on the stylistic choices of the wines.
“For me it was very important to visit the vineyards and understand what the lands and the processes are done, – says Castellani – the solution found for the Il Drugo 2014 reserve was a winner, only the Sobole vineyard, which I was able to visit , could give the best grapes to make this wine. The oenological capacity of the company made it possible to identify the pearl that could allow it, and which somehow overcomes the stereotypes born of this vintage in Chianti. “
A day full of satisfactions for us brothers, for years we have been passionately following the production of the wines of our family farm, and we are constantly engaged in a process of research and improvement of our wines.
“Our father Mauro Bendinelli, a lawyer originally from Certaldo, bought the estate, consisting of the village, the forest with the olive grove and the vineyards in 1961 and in 1963 joined the Chianti Classico Consortium; we are proud to be part of the historic Chianti Classico wineries. – tell Maria, Chiara, Anna, Bruno, Agostino and Elena Bendinelli – Initially this wanted to be a second holiday home, also designed for our grandparents. The vineyards until then had been followed by sharecroppers but over time my father dedicated himself to them, he rolled up his sleeves with passion, involving the whole family. The wine continued to do so both in bulk and in a few bottles for friends or small sales. He handled everything a good farmer and that was it. We brothers entered a little at a time, also doing other jobs, until in 2000 we decided to manage everything ourselves and founded the company.
Over the years we have replanted new vineyards, we have also dealt with the company reorganization, with an oenologist, the technicians who support us in the work, and we intervened both from a technological point of view in the cellar, renewing the vinification and refining part, but above all by investing in the vineyards. In addition to this, we have also focused on direct sales and on agritourism, but also on exports, in particular with America and Germany. “
The menu of Osteria Il Pratellino is much appreciated, served in the splendid farmhouse barrel room and composed of an exquisite sauce of local organic lentils, seasonal cabbage and broccoli and fried bread wafer as an appetizer while, as first courses, those present were able to taste Tuscan red onion carabaccia with ricotta and onion ravioli au gratin with Gran Mugello and a pumpkin and Cinta Senese sausage risotto with goat cream and almonds. As a second course, the Cinta Senese pork loin with rustic carrot puree with ginger was served and, finally, a must of traditional Tuscan cuisine, that is, a delicious English soup with Alkermes from Florence.
Our family’s greatest commitment is to keep the peculiarities of this historic village intact in the Chianti hills, respecting biodiversity and the perfect balance between nature and technology.
“These places must be truly lived, guests feel part of a context and want to take part in it in all senses – explain Elena, Chiara and Agostino – The cut of our farm is very familiar, the visitor here always finds a person who welcomes him and transmits warmth to him “.
With this year’s harvest, the new vineyards planted in 2018 also came into production, this allowed us to think about the production of a new type of wine: it will in fact be a new high-end IGT, which will celebrate the 60th year of activity of the Fattoria Santo Stefano winery.
September: time for Porcini and Gran Selezione
September is synonymous with Porcini mushrooms
Known as “the lords of the woods,” Porcini are treasures in the autumn kitchen. Mushrooms are undoubtedly a delectable ingredient, and they can help you get creative in the kitchen.
Porcini mushrooms (also known as the Cep or Penny-bun Bolete) are one of the tastiest gifts that nature offers us in the autumn months and they can be used in various ways in the kitchen, either raw or cooked.
Porcini mushrooms grow under several different trees and at different altitudes. Starting at 700-800 metres above sea level in a chestnut forest, they grow under oak and beech trees. At 1500 – 1600 metres, they can be found in pine tree forests.
This month we suggest a special pairing for the Porcino: our Gran Selezione. The refined taste of the Porcino pairs exceptionally well with a full-bodied wine, as it brings out its full flavour and sweetens its taste.
So, here is a simple but tasty recipe: tagliatelle with porcini.
As far as the tagliatelle is concerned, choose a high quality fresh egg variety. Tagliatelle generally doesn’t need to be cooked for long, but check the packaging to ensure the correct cooking time.
- Once the water boils and you’ve added a generous pinch of coarse salt, add the tagliatelle.
- In the meantime, we suggest you get your delicious porcini ready: clean them carefully by rinsing them under running water. Slice them thinly and put them aside. Now, get your non-stick pan ready by heating some oil with a crushed clove of garlic and a pinch of chopped parsley. Then add the mushrooms.
- Cook them on low heat for about 10 minutes and when they’re almost cooked, add a pinch of whole sea salt or pink salt. They are now ready to add to the pasta.
If you’re feeling bold, add a tablespoon of cream. This will make it sweeter and creamier, as well as help mix the pasta sauce.
Lastly, add the tagliatelle to your exquisite porcini and there you have it! Buon appetito!
Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Gran Selezione 2016 is a blend of 90% Sangiovese from the Sobole vineyard and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Its red fruit flavours, with hints of raspberry, meet the gentle aroma of wild lily flowers, making it a fine and elegant wine with a pleasantly alcoholic structure. The carefully chosen grapes are left to ferment in stainless steel vats and then transferred to French oak barrels for 30 months until bottling.