Fattoria Fibbiano
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Fattoria Fibbiano

Fattoria Fibbiano is located near Terricciola in the Era Valley, an area which boasts some significant Etruscan settlements. On the hill of the farm many tombs have been excavated, which dates back to the dawn of Tuscan civilization.

The origins of the farm date back to the 12th century when it was owned by the Gherardi del Testa Barasaglia family, and it followed the family’s fortunes through thick and thin. In 1700, the main building was extended to take the shape of today’s farm. The Fattoria Fibbiano’s farmstead dates back to 1707, but only became a key part of the farm’s history three centuries later in 1997, the year in which Giuseppe Cantoni decided to go back to Italy after a long career abroad.

Giuseppe, with his wife Tiziana and sons Matteo and Nicola, began scouring the Tuscan countryside in search of the right place. When he saw the Fattoria Fibbiano there was no doubt in his mind: from then on, their new life began. A simple life, lived to the full, characterised by silences, passion, close to nature and to the purest of things, far away from the noise of the city.

The Legend of St. Columbanus and What is ‘Real Tuscan Wine’?

St. Columbanus was an Irish missionary born in the sixth century, who travelled for over thirty years throughout Europe with twelve disciples. Columbanus’ mission was to convert people by instilling in them the values of rural life, a life lived in complete harmony with nature and with faith.

In 612, the monk and his disciples arrived in what today is called, in his honour, San Colombano al Lambro, near Milan. He immediately began reviving old farmlands and, in particular, a grape which was later named after him, the Colombana.

After St Columbanus passed on, his followers continued to spread his teachings. They moved on and arrived in Peccioli, a small village on the hills of Valdera, in the province of Pisa. The monks had kept some grapevine shoots of the Colombana grape variety which, once planted, found an ideal habitat here and grew very successfully – eventually covering large areas all over Tuscany.

After moving to Terricciola, it so happened that within the vineyards of the Fattoria Fibbiano, Giuseppe and his family found the “Colombana” golden grape variety, identical to the one that was grown in Lombardy – this gave them a realisation that they had inherited something that had begun many centuries before them, and they felt they had a duty to preserve this treasure which had withstood the test of time and man’s volatile nature.

Thus began their stewardship of the land – managing it with a holistic responsibility towards both the business as well as the people affected by it. They have always believed that in order to improve the land, it was necessary to grow autochthonous (indigenous) grape varietes. Therefore, vine varieties such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, and Colorino as well as Colombana and Vermentino was chosen. Such is their conviction that they choose not to follow current market trends but to support and to promote the region with its unique potential and to make it known to the entire world. [Clicking on the images will lead you to the product page for more info]

Fattoria Fibbiano Ciliegiolo Rosso

Grown in the area of Tuscany – Pisa hills, 200 metres above sea level where the soil is rich with marine shells, this bottle is made from 100% Ciliegiolo vines.

The grapes are manually harvested somewhere in the middle of September using the spur pruning cord method.

The grapes are gentle destemmed, crushed and sended inside specialized stainless steel tanks, for 10 days. Alcoholic fermentation takes place through indigenous yeasts living on the skin.

The wine ages for 4 months in cement tank where the malolactic fermentation takes place, later 12 months in Slavonian wooden barrels and finally 4 months in bottle. Approximately only 8,000 bottles are produced yearly.

Fibbiano Casalini Chianti Superiore

This Chianti Superiore DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) is also produced in the same are of Tuscany – Pisa Hills.

The grapes are harvested manually at the end of September or some cases, early October.

The grapes are gentle destemmed, crushed and sended inside specialized stainless steel tanks, for 10 days. Alcoholic fermentation takes place through indigenous yeasts living on the skin.

The wine ages for 4 months in cement tank where the malolactic fermentation takes place, later 12 months in Slavonian wooden barrels and finally 6 months in bottle, with 35,000 bottles produced each time.

What you get is a Ruby red color with intense aroma of cherry, raspberry and blackberry. The tannins are smooth, whilst the body is full and persistent on the palate.

Fattoria Fibbiano Sofia Rose

Made from 100% Sangiovese vines, the grapes are manually harvested in the coolest hours of the day, usually in mid September.

The grapes are placed in stainless steel tanks. Then, the must is chilled to a temperature of 8°C in order to assist a natural settling of the impurities. The wine is then stocked in stainless steel tanks where the alcoholic fermentation takes place for 30 days.

They then spend 6 months in cement tank and finally 6 months in bottle to finish. around 10,000 bottles are produced each time.

Light pink in color, the wine’s aromas are delicate, with notes of raspberry fruit. The taste is smooth and dry with good acidity.

It all starts from the vineyard, where its location, composition of the soil and the characteristics combine to make it special and unique. Then there is human intervention whose role is to enhance, to complement, to strengthen and to emphasize a sense of belonging – culminating in the “Wines of Tuscany’ that we proudly bring you today.