Saturday, October 7, 2017

Chianti of Terricciola with Fattoria Fibbiano

This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is celebrating a Chianti extravaganza.  Having toured this area of Tuscany many times before I was excited to write about the area and one of my favorite Italian grapes, sangiovese.  One of my fellow Italian wine lovers, Katarina of Grapevine Adventures, introduced me to Matteo and Nicola Cantoni of Fattoria Fibbiano, the sons of founder Giuseppe Cantoni.   

Fattoria Fibbiano is located in Terricciola, which is within the province of Pisa and close to one of my favorite Tuscan towns, Volterra.  Located on only about 50 acres of vines,  the soils are treated with organic fertilizers.  What I love about one of their philosophies is Nicola's following statement, "We pursue the dream of the indigenous, the real Tuscan wine. We have no intention chasing the tastes of the moment, but we believe in the contrary, that the market has expanded its borders and that the consumer is ready to taste and appreciate something unique, that is born and grows only in a precise place and that becomes like a book that tells the story of a land and
men who live it."

I have yet to visit this winery myself, but did an interview with Matteo and Nicola to get a better understanding regarding the history of the winery and the area.  Enjoy!

How did the winery begin and when was it established?
In 1997, Nicola and Matteo's family moved to Tuscany and bought the Fattoria Fibbiano Winery.  The winery itself has been operated by the family ever since.  They have a very old vineyard estimated to be about 118 years old.  The Cantoni family is from south of Milan and have been farmers for generations and moved to this area to start the winery to rediscover their roots.
Fattoria Fibbiano winery Tuscany
Tell me about the area, Terricciola, and what makes the area unique for winemaking.
Terricciola, known as the city of wine, and together with the Old Valley used to be based on a seabed. Today, the winery is located on top of the hill, at approximately 150 meters above water level and the soil is the same seabed, very rich of sea shells, clay and coral reef. The area is unique for wine making due to the the terroir, the exposition and the climate.  The vineyards have been growing there since Etruscan times, back 3,000 years.

What is the family's background in the wine industry?
The family is quite newer to the wine industry as it's only 20 years that they started. However, they've been farming for generations and their belief is that to make great wines starts with the production of great grapes.  Many times people just talk about wine making, but this is just the end of a very long process, where the grape is the origin of everything.  The family continues to keep learning day by day.
Matteo Cantoni of Fattoria Fibbiano winery
Matteo Cantoni
Why did the family choose this area to establish the winery?
There are two reasons why they chose this property: 

  • The location is perfect. On top of a hill, beautiful landscape views with a beautiful old stone big house (that they fell in love with) and in the middle of everywhere in Tuscany
  • The fact that on this property there was (and still is) an old vineyard.
Torricciola Fattoria Fibbiano winery Tuscany
What does the winery pride itself on and are their particular wines that are considered your flagship wines?
They are very proud to produce what they call "real Tuscan wine", meaning Tuscany wines produced with old indigenous varieties.  Everything started from the old vineyard, where they selected old clones for all the existing vineyards within the property.  They believe that people are ready to taste and appreciate something unique, that is born and grows only in a unique place, like a book telling the story of a land and men who live it.
Wines of Fattoria di Fibbiano
What are the goals of the winery in upcoming years?
Their goals are to continue to increase the quality and soon they're ready to launch on the market some new wines produced with very old indigenous unknown Tuscan varieties that will make unique wines for unique people.

Do you export to the United States and in what markets?
Actually USA is still our biggest market with 45-50% of the whole production. We do export 90% of our production all over the world: Europe, Asia, Canada and North Africa.

I sampled the 2014 Fattoria di Fibbiano Casalini Chianti Superiore DOCG which is comprised of 80% sangiovese and 20% ciliegiolo.  With a ripe bouquet of red fruits and bunches of cherry jumping out on the palate this wine has rather smooth tannins with nice acidity.  
2014 Fattoria Fibbiano Casalini Chianti Superiore

Join our Italian Food Wine and Travel group on Saturday Oct. 7 at 11am EST on Twitter as we discuss our Chianti findings. We'll all be posting and chatting, join us! Just look for the #ItalianFWT hashtag on Twitter Saturday morning! 

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*Wines were received as samples, but opinions are my own.  All pictures copyright of Katarina Anderson of Grapevine Adventures.