Marchesi de Frescobaldi
The Frescobaldi family have been producing wines for over 700 years - and exporting for nearly 500 years. They first shipped wine to England in 1517. Their first customer was King Henry VIII.
The family are major vineyard owners, with a great reputation for producing the highest quality wines.
They own much of the best vine-growing land in Tuscany. The three most prestigious Frescobaldi estates are Castel Giocondo in Montalcino, Castello di Nipozzano in Chianti Rufina and Castiglioni in Chianti Colli Fiorentini. The other six estates they own, all in top quality areas, are Castello di Pomino, Remole, Montagnanana, Valiano, Corte and Santa Maria.
The Castiglioni estate in Chianti Colli Fiorentini has some of the oldest Merlot vineyards in Tuscany. Vittorio degli Albizzi, a member of the Frescobaldi family through marriage, first brought Merlot to Tuscany in 1855. He also introduced Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir to the region.
But it was in the late 1940's that Lamberto Frescobaldi with his son, Vittorio, modernized wine-growing production, emphasizing research, innovation and quality. Today, the business is led by Lamberto Frescobaldi and his winemaker, Niccolo D'Afflitto