I met Andrea and his wife Ioletta at VinItaly 2019 for a memorable tasting of his lovely produce, including the Chianti Classico Reserva and the supertuscan ‘Il Manuzio’, and the passion for sharing and enjoying the wine was strongly present. Panzanello was founded in 1427 a perfect soil for the Sangiovese vine where the search for the best grapes has been continuous. Over many years going back to the times when vines would be regularly checked in a form of positive mass selection, its vineyards have produced better yields while maintaining character and quality in the wine. From 1964, when the Sommaruga family bought the property, Andrea Sommaruga and his wife Ioletta have fashioned a project linking the past and present, by limiting the quantity of production, that allows the development of quality of the product to suit the tastes of a discerning clientele.
The farm Panzanello lies in a strategic and panoramic position near Panzo in Chianti in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, halfway between Siena and Florence. Panzanello boasts a holding of 120 hectares where wide valleys alternate with gentle cultivated hills, dense woods and organically farmed vineyards and olive groves. Thanks to a constant commitment, Panzanello obtained in 1998 the recognition of a biological company that respects its customers and the environment alike. The property has a small farm and organizes agritours and local gastronomy. The thread of nature from the vineyards to the cellar and the expression of each bottle tells the story of the love for the land and the passion of those who work and live in Panzanello, a story that is continually handed on each year.