Respecting Tradition / Embracing Innovation
Located along the Tuscan coast just south of Pisa, Tenuta di Ghizzano has been in Countess Ginevra Venerosi-Pesciolini’s family since the 1300s. The family has cultivated vines, olive trees, and grains with a deep respect for tradition and terroir for centuries.
Although the estate’s 26 generations of family tradition are alive and still very influential on the winery today, Venerosi-Pesciolini has also been deeply committed to innovation. With the goal of bringing the estate into the 21st century, Venerosi-Pesciolini launched the farm’s first organic conversion nearly 20 years ago; the estate has been organic since 2003 and certified biodynamic since 2018. “I try to allow my wines to express their terroir as purely and as honestly as possible,” says Venerosi-Pesciolini. “To do that, I had to reorient.”
The turn towards biodynamics has resulted in incredible quality improvements. The ‘il Ghizzano’ Rosso is fresh and fruit-driven, based on Sangiovese with a bit of Merlot, and is a terrific introduction to the wines of the estate. The ‘Veneroso’ is the winery’s powerful yet elegant flagship wine, made from Sangiovese with a smaller proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it has become a reference point of excellence for the winegrowing area as a whole.
Tenuta di Ghizzano’s wines, olive oil and cereal products are pure expressions of the relatively new Terre di Pisa DOC. Ginevra and her family have been at the forefront of the promotion of this region and we’re thrilled to welcome them to our portfolio.
2020 ‘il Ghizzano’ Rosso, Costa Toscana
“A spicy and earthy red with plum and berry aromas that follow through to a medium body with round, soft tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of character and subtlety to this Sangiovese. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Lovely now, but will age nicely, too. Drink or hold.”
94 pts James Suckling
Retail $29.95 / btl
2017 ‘Veneroso’ Terre di Pisa
“So much crushed-stone and oyster-shell character to the blue-fruit aromas. Medium body with firm tannins and a minerally finish. From organically grown grapes.”
91 pts James Suckling
Retail $44.95 / btl [6 btl/cs]
Wines are sold in cases of 12 bottles unless otherwise indicated. Delivery charges may apply. Some quantities are limited, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.