CENNATOIO is a commercial farm run since 1970 by Leandro, Gabriella and, recently, their son Emiliano Alessi. Despite the passage of the years, however, the property has remained the same, “beautiful to see,” as Cavalcanti said. Cennatoio commands a stupendous view of the Chianti countryside with its hills blanketed by vineyards and olive orchards and dotted by churches, castles and scattered stands of oaks. The special character of the soil, which is gnarly, stony and hard to work, and its exposure to the south, which is ideal for varieties like Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, contribute in decisive fashion to the production of wines that are robust, soft and endowed with the scent of wild fruits.
The premium vineyards at Cennatoio, separated by olive orchards, cover a total of 10 hectares (24.7 acres) and enjoy the south/south-east exposure on the border between Florence and Siena. The word CENNATOIO comes from “CENNO” (gesture): the outpost and prison during the Republic of Florence at the time of the Medici family, called Stinche Alte, were located nearby and people used to make gestures from the courtyard in order to be seen by the soldiers.
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