ABOUT SAN DONATO
San Donato has been in Umberto Fenzi’s family for three generations. Umberto, his wife Federica and her mother, Marisella, now own and run this beautiful winery in the Chianti region of Tuscany. They are devoted to organic agriculture and are certified by Bioagricert.
The Fenzi family are proud to make wine in this famed wine region and strive to always make wines of a quality that uphold the reputation of the area. They believe that organic farming practices produce the best grapes, maintaining the typicity and quality of the wines both in the short and long term. Their commitment to organic farming also comes from a sense of responsibility for their neighbors, near and far, explaining: “While we are the owners of the land, the health of the air and the water affects all the people of today and tomorrow.”
The San Donato vineyards enjoy a unique microclimate in the Tuscan hills. 50 miles from the Mediterranean Sea at 1,300 feet altitude, the gentle sea breezes lead to a dry and sunny climate. The soils are a mix of clay and Pliocene sands.
They grow only native varietals, which are well adapted to the area and the organic farming methods used by the winery. No chemicals are used (fertilizers, pesticides, additives) and the only fertilizer used is composted clippings from the vines. The vineyards are dry farmed and the grapes are harvested by hand.
In the winery, the grapes undergo 12-14 hours of maceration in steel tanks. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts then takes place in concrete tanks. The wines spend 6 months in contact with the lees, with regular batonage. Finally, the wines are naturally stabilized and lightly filtered before bottling.