Fonterenza

Fonterenza

Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza in 1997 on a farm owned by their parents since the 1970's, where the family used to vacation from Milan. The daughters fell  head over heels with the property as adults and started planting vines in 1999.  The estate is now at 4 hectares of high-altitude Sangiovese, surrounded by woods and olive groves. Of their vines, only 1 hectare is used for their Brunello di Montalcino; the rest goes into their Rosso di Montalcino and a younger-vine, stainless steel version called Pettirosso.  The farming has been organic from the beginning, and the sisters, who do everything themselves, now work biodynamically. The cellar work is as minimal as possible. Fermentations are natural in large, mainly Slavonian oak casks; use of sulfur is minimal; aging takes place in a mix of botti, tonneaux and barriques. They make so little wine, so carefully and beautifully, under the radar of reviewers, collectors and tourists; with or without renown, Francesca and Margherita are firmly committed to their individual path in their famous appellation.

Click here for importer Jules Dressner's informative interview with the Padovani sisters.

Image PRODUCT Producer Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB3371-16
Organic
Alberello Rosso di Montalcino
2016
Fonterenza Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese Grosso. 2015 was the first vintage in which Fonterenza singled out this parcel from its original Rosso di Montalcino... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB0980-17
Organic
Biancospino Vino Bianco
2017
Fonterenza Trebbiano
100% Trebbiano (as of 2017 vintage). From old, organically farmed vines on volcanic soils of the Mt. Amiata zone not far from Montalcino.... Read More
Italy Tuscany
DB5754-17
Organic
Le Ragazze IGT Toscano Bianco
2017
Fonterenza Trebbiano
50% Vermentino/50% Trebbiano Toscano/Grechetto/Malvasia. 2017 is the first vintage of this wine, named for "the girls" of proprietor... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB1036-17
Organic
Pettitrosso Vino Rosso
2017
Fonterenza Sangiovese
90% Sangiovese/10% Ciliegiolo. Sourced from the same terroir as the whites: old, organically farmed vines on the volcanic soils of Mt... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB0238-16
Organic
Rosso di Montalcino
2016
Fonterenza Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese Grosso. The fruit for the Rosso di Montalcino bottling comes from 3 contiguous, north-facing estate plots--Vigna della... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB1035-18
Organic
Rosa IGT Toscana
2018
Fonterenza Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese. From earlier-harvested fruit in Fonterenza's Rosso & Brunello vineyards. Direct-press with a quick 24-hour macera­tion... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB0968-12
Organic
Brunello di Montalcino
2012
Fonterenza Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese Grosso. The first plot planted by the Padovanis was this 1.6-hectare hillside plot which they named Bosco for the woodlands... Read More
Italy Tuscany