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Agricola San Felice [a-gree-cola san fuh lee chay]

Agricola San FeliceAgricola San Felice takes its name from a church on the property that is found in records as far back as 714 and which was named in turn for a local early Christian saint. The Grisaldi Del Taja family, owners of this land for several centuries, began producing wine here and were among the founding members of the consortium of Chianti Classico. In 1968 the estate was passed to the late Enzo Morganti, and the estate expanded its reach in 1984 by purchasing the critically acclaimed Campogiovanni vineyard in Montalcino, where they now produce excellent Brunellos.

Enzo Morganti, like the great Sergio Manetti of Montevertine, was a pure Sangiovesist and was responsible for much of the Sangiovese we drink today. After spending two decades experimenting with clones of Sangiovese at Tenuta di Lilliano, this Tuscan wine pioneer took control of the famous Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico estate in 1967 and helped turn it into a national treasure that now includes a 750-hectare resort village, 180 hectares of vineyards, and a site dedicated to experimental viticulture and genetic improvement of Sangiovese, as well as overseeing the development of Campogiovanni. The perfection of Sangiovese continues here today in the capable hands of Leonardo Bellaccini, who keeps the Morganti spirit burning.

The San Felice vineyards lie in the gently rolling hills of the Castelnuovo Berardenga area of Chianti Classico, where the vines benefit from two distinct soils: calcareous clay, which produces long-aging reds with excellent structure, and a combination of sand and lime that gives younger wines, both red and white. In addition to indigenous varietals like Toscana’s classic Sangiovese, San Felice has plantings of international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

The terroir of Campogiovanni, including its sandy, mineral-rich argillous soil, allows Sangiovese vines to grow slowly and steadily, therefore producing unusually complete, balanced grapes.


Wines:
Brunello di Montalcino 'Campogiovanni'
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 'Il Quercione'
Chianti Classico
Chianti Classico Riserva 'Il Grigio'
Chianti Classico Riserva 'Poggio Rosso'
Vigorello
Ancherona
Belcaro
Bianco
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
Vin Santo Val d'Arbia 'In Pincis
Region: Toscana

DOC(G)s:
Brunello di Montalcino
Chianti Classico
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
Vin Santo Val d'Arbia
Toscana IGT