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 small and beautiful winery in Chianti. They are devoted to organic agriculture and are certified by Bioagricert.
The Fenzi family believe that organic farming practices maintain the uniqueness 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 around San Donato at 1,300 feet altitude, some of the highest altitude vineyards in the region. The soils are calcareous, with plenty of sea fossils found in the soil.
They grow only native varietals. 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.
Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts then takes place in small 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. All the work in the winery is done by gravity without the use of any pipes or pumps.