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Marchesi Pancrazi

The story of what may well be Tuscany’s oldest Pinot Noir vines began in 1975 at Villa di Bagnolo, a Renaissance estate, west of Florence. Its owner at the time, Marquis Vittorio Pancrazi, planted 3,300 Sangiovese vines on the property.

At this point, Vittorio Pancrazi decided to make a single-vineyard wine, putting his Bordeaux-educated friend, Niccolò D’Afflitto, in charge of the experiment. After over a year in Allier barrique and another in bottle, the experiment not only succeeded, it exceeded all expectations. As it turned out, the very location that had seemed uninspiring for what they thought was Sangiovese proved to be ideal for Pinot Noir.

The range is completed by a single vineyard and a rosé version of the Pinot Noir from Villa di Bagnolo. Giuseppe Pancrazi has now taken the place of his uncle while Niccolò D’Afflitto continues to style the wines.