The grapes to produce the “Dino” Colli Toscana Centrale IGT Fontodi are carefully selected on sorting tables.The wine is fermented and macerated for nine months in terracotta amphoras. At the end of fermentation the wine is kept in amphoras for another six months before bottling.
Fruit for this wine comes from slopes located in the valley that opens south of Panzano, known as ‘The Golden Shell’, at average altitude of 450 metres above sea level. Here, the type of soil is calcareous clay schist.
Fontodi winery is run by the Manetti family since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries. Though they have always made wine, their primary business is still the production of Chianti’s finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards are immaculately tended. Their 99 hectares of vineyard, 95% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime ‘Conca d’Oro’ (golden shell) of Panzano, and have been converted to organic viticulture. Giovanni is now following biodynamic principles to obtain the best quality fruit.