Tuscany, tuscany Italy

This property remains one of Tuscany's most talked about estates. The vibrancy and intensity of the fruit that Luca Sanjust is now getting in his wines, with the assistance of winemaker Simone Cuccoli and consultant Carlo Ferrini, has brought them to the attention of a wider group of people, something they have long deserved.

Petrolo is situated in the area known as the Chianti Colli Aretini, on the eastern flank of the Chianti hills, a historical area delimited in 1716 (when it was the Val d'Arno denomination) by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de' Medici, as one of Tuscany's top four wine producing zones. The property covers 272 hectares, of which 31 are vineyards, situated between 250 - 450 metres above sea level. The estate has now converted to organic viticulture and all wines from the 2016 vintage onwards are officially certified organic. There are 19 hectares of organically grown olive groves and the rest of the estate is arable land and woods.

Having been mapped out as one of the original quality areas in 1716, the Val d'Arno was recognised as 'DOC Val d'Arno di Sopra' in 2011. 'Torrione', named after a 'large tower' on the estate, is made mainly from Sangiovese grown on galestro soils. It is rich yet sinewy, with lovely tannins and length. The Merlot for 'Galatrona' is grown on clay soils, giving a wine with lovely weight, flesh and balance. Described as 'The Pétrus of Tuscany', the 'Galatrona' is, along with 'Masseto', Italy's most famous Merlot.


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