The winery is located in the municipality of Gaiole in the centre of the Chianti-Classico
area in the Italian region of Tuscany
. It was founded in 1972 by four families. The estate is managed by Lorenza Sebasti with the support of her husband Marco Pallanti. Since the end of 2006 the owner is president of the Chianti-Classico Consortium "Consorzio del Marchio Storico Chianti Classico" (see Gallo nero
). The total estate covers 450 hectares at an average altitude of 450 metres above sea level between the municipalities of Gaiole and Radda. Of these, the vineyards cover 90 hectares and olive groves with 10,000 olive trees cover 40 hectares. The research carried out between 1972 and 1984 to identify the best vineyards or plots of land led to the first use of the term Vigna
in the Chianti Classico. A specific search was made for the most suitable area for each grape variety. In addition to the classic Sangiovese with several clones, experiments were made with the newly planted varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Merlot
The winery's credo is that every wine must be a faithful expression of its special terroir. Premium products include, for example, the three Chianti Classico wines "Bellavista", "La Casuccia" (name of the vineyard) and "Castello di Ama", as well as the IGT's "Al Poggio" (Chardonnay) and "Vigna l'Apparita" (Merlot). A Vin Santo
is also produced from special vineyards, whose vines produce a minimum yield of one to a maximum of two grapes. The sweet wine is blended to two thirds from Malvasia and one third Trebbiano Toscano and matures for six years in used barriques.