Fonterenza

Campi di 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 Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB0968-12
Organic
Brunello di Montalcino
2012
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

DB3371-15
Organic
Rosso di Montalcino Alberello
2015
Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese Grosso. 2015 is the first vintage in which the Padovanis bottled this single-parcel Rosso di Montalcino. Normally, it is... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB0238-15
Organic
Rosso di Montalcino
2015
Sangiovese
100% Sangiovese Grosso. The fruit for the Rosso bottling comes from 3 estate plots--Vigna della Strada, Alberello and Bosco--on clay,... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB1036-15
Organic
Pettitrosso Vino Rosso
2015
Sangiovese
80% Sangiovese/20% Ciliegiolo. Pettirosso is named for the "red-breasted"  finches inhabiting the vineyard and was first bottled in 2011,... Read More
Italy Tuscany

DB0980-15
Organic
Biancospino Vino Bianco
2015
Trebbiano
Trebbiano Toscano/Malvasia/Procanico/Ansonica.  For the Biancospino, first bottled in 2010, the Padovanis source from 2 different vineyards... Read More
Italy Tuscany