During the selections I was making from old vineyards, I came across dozens and dozens of different grape varieties and many different clones of the most widely-planted Tuscan grapes. Some of these gave me the opportunity to produce wines scarcely three years after I had begun my winery operations, and others are still today tucked away waiting to be used. But one particular vine in those years truly took our breath away, and, wouldn’t you know , it was a vine that neither the most expert academics nor the most ancient winegrowers could identify.
We decided to carry out in-depth studies and at the same time to propagate this vine, using budwood taken from the historic vines themselves of course.
For some 13 years, we called this vine “X,” since we couldn’t find its origins, and from 1997 through 2003 I planted about 5 hectares of vineyard without knowing what grape were planting.
In 2004, we chose the most costly option, but one that would give the most certain results: we commissioned DNA analysis of our historical vines.
From that period on, we know for certain that we made a discovery, which astounded Tuscany. The result was that, in the latter half of 2009, upon request of my winery, the tempranillo grape, which had never been found before in the region, was admitted to the official list of varieties permitted to be grown in Tuscany.