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Folonari is one of the oldest wineries of Italy, which contributed to write the history of Italian wine. Today, Ambrogio and his son Giovanni Folonari are the leaders of a constellation of estates

 Folonari is one of the most famous Italian wine companies and one of the oldest of Italy. Today, Ambrogio Folonari and his son Giovanni lead the company - which is in business since the end of 1700's - thanks to their ancestors, who would have never imagined to give a great contribution to write the history of Italian wine. In 1825, Fratelli Folonari S.p.A. started its business, completely owned by the family and with a precise goal: developing, producing and commercializing the best Italian wines all over the world. The Folonari family is in this field since more than 250 years and since then it is one of the most dynamic Italian wine companies. In particular, Ambrogio is one of the main protagonists of the evolution and modernization of the Italian wine market, who successfully adopted new and original paths for the production of high quality wines, giving a great contribution to create “the new frontier” of Italian wine.


Giovanni and Ambrogio Folonari
Giovanni and Ambrogio Folonari

 The company, modernized by Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari, is strongly oriented to the current market's demands, combining tradition with innovation. The project of the family is based on the property and leading of many estates, mainly located in Tuscany and in other areas of Italy. The winery takes care of the whole production process: from the production of grapes in their own estates, to the bottling of wine, distributed in many countries of the world. Folonari wines, in fact, are sold in Italy, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Arab Emirates, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Japan, Malta, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. Nozzole Estate - 500 hectares, 80 of which cultivated with specialized grape varieties - represents the company's headquarter. The historical estate - acquired by Folonari in 1971 - has very ancient origins, at least seven centuries old. The main grape variety is Sangiovese, however in the vineyards is cultivated Cabernet Sauvignon as well - for the production of the Supertuscan Pareto - and Chardonnay, for the white wine Le Bruniche.

 Cabreo estates are located in the territory of Greve in Chianti: one of them is located in Panzano village - at 500 meters above sea level, with an area of 25 hectares of vineyards - where selected clones of Chardonnay are being cultivated for the production of Cabreo La Pietra; the other is located in the Cabreo di Zano place, where - in a vineyard of about 46 hectare - are cultivated Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon used for Cabreo il Borgo. Cabreo is an IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica, Typical Geographical Indication) and was commercialized in 1985 for the first time with vintage 1982. This wine is the result of a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, which, together, exalt both the elegance and sapidity of Sangiovese as well as the roundness and concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabreo La Pietra, produced for the first time in 1983, is a white wine, which, through the fermentation and refining in wood, is the expression of the Tuscan interpretation of a successful and renowned international style.


Nozzole Estate
Nozzole Estate

 TorCalvano di Gracciano Svetoni Estate is located in the area of Gracciano, in the center of the wine area of Montepulciano, in the province of Siena. In the past, the estate was property of the local Mazzucchelli Svetoni family, with an area of 30 hectares, 22 of which cultivated with specialized grape varieties. Here are being cultivated Prugnolo Gentile - the local name for Sangiovese variety - as well as other typical red and innovative grape varieties. The vineyards are located around the big villa with two donjons, where a typical cellar with vaults and oak barrels was built. The remaining vineyards are located in the nearby of the prestigious area of Cervognano. Conti Spalletti Estate is one of the most oldest estates in the area of Chianti Rufina, in the province of Florence. The vineyards are cultivated with specialized grape varieties, covering an area of 25 hectares, in which Sangiovese, Lanaiolo and Colorino varieties are being cultivated.


 

 Since 1999, the family began to acquire parts of land in the area of Castagneto Carducci, in the province of Livorno. In 1990, in this area, Bolgheri DOC made a name itself. This area has a very favorable and tempered weather, thanks to the breeze from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The sandy and clayey soils slope towards the sea and proven to have an excellent vocation to exalt the Bordelais blend. In these lands, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot express their best qualities. Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari Estates have acquired about 40 hectares, 24 of which destined to vineyards, whereas the remaining are in the process of being planted. A modern wine cellar is about to be built by following the project of Parisian architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

 In the area of Cinigiano, in the province of Grosseto, around the ancient Porrona castle, the Folonari family has acquired about 60 hectares suited to the cultivation of high quality vineyard. In 1999, the planting of the vineyards started with Sangiovese and Syrah varieties. In 2007, will be commercialized Montecucco DOC, the first wine produced in this estate. This is the smallest estate of the family group, covering an area of 20 hectares, of which 9.8 destined to vineyard. La Fuga Estate is located in the commune of Montalcino - whose borders delimit the Brunello DOCG production area - run and managed by the Folonari Family. Novacuzzo is the estate which has recently acquired by Folonari Family. It is located in one of the best areas of Colli Orientali del Friuli, in the province of Udine. Located in a hill, the estate has an area of 50 hectares, of which 40 cultivated with Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Piccolit and the red grape variety Schioppettino.

 




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Bolgheri Campo al Mare 2003, Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Bolgheri Campo al Mare 2003
Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Grapes: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (20%)
Price: € 16.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of plum and black currant followed by aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, cyclamen and vanilla. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry and plum. This wine ages for 12 months in barrique followed by 3 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Broiled meat and barbecue, Stewed meat with mushrooms



Brunello di Montalcino La Fuga 2000, Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Brunello di Montalcino La Fuga 2000
Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese
Price: € 33.00 Score:
This Brunello di Montalcino shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and violet followed by aromas of blueberry, licorice, tobacco, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing roundness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blueberry. A well made wine. This Brunello di Montalcino ages for 36 months in cask and for 12 months in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Cabreo La Pietra 2003, Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Cabreo La Pietra 2003
Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Grapes: Chardonnay
Price: € 23.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows a brilliant straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas that start with hints of apple, banana and vanilla followed by aromas of pineapple, acacia, hawthorn, pear, grapefruit, plum and hazelnut. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and pleasing roundness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of banana, pear and pineapple. A well made wine. Cabreo La Pietra ages for 8 months in barrique followed by at least 6 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted white meat, Roasted fish, Broiled crustaceans, Stuffed pasta



Cabreo Il Borgo 2001, Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Cabreo Il Borgo 2001
Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%)
Price: € 30.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, leather, pink pepper and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant. Cabreo il Borgo ages for 16-18 months in barrique followed by at least 6 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva TorCalvano Gracciano Svetoni 2001,
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva TorCalvano Gracciano Svetoni 2001
Grapes: Sangiovese (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Price: € 19.50 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice, tobacco, vanilla, pink pepper, chocolate and mace. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant. A well made wine. This Nobile di Montepulciano ages for 24 months in cask followed by at least 6 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Chianti Classico Riserva La Forra Tenuta di Nozzole 2001, Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Chianti Classico Riserva La Forra Tenuta di Nozzole 2001
Tenute Folonari (Tuscany, Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Price: € 19.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, cinnamon, chocolate, mace and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum. A well made wine. This Chianti Classico ages for 14-15 months in barrique followed by at least 6 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute - Via di Nozzole, 12 - Loc. Passo dei Pecorai - 50022 Greve in Chianti, Firenze (Italy) - Tel. +39 055 859811 Fax. +39 055 859823 - Winemaker: Marco Cervellera - Established: 2000 - Production: 876.000 bottles - E-Mail: folonari@tenutefolonari.com - WEB: www.tenutefolonari.com


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