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 getting in his wines, with the assistance of winemaker Stefano Guidi and consultant Carlo Ferrini, has brought them to the attention of a wider group of people, something they have long deserved.

Petrolo is situated on the eastern flank of the Chianti hills, a historical area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de’ Medici, as one of Tuscany’s top four wine producing zones. The Val d‘Arno was recognised as ‘DOC Val d‘Arno di Sopra’ in 2011. 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 includes 19 hectares of organically grown olive groves, the rest of the estate is arable land and woods.

‘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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