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Tenuta San Jacopo: 43.521369, 11.490345

For several years the area around Florence had become better known for the “Super Tuscans”, wines using international varieties that were not true expressions of the local traditions and soils. Recently, there’s been a return to the roots, and a few winemakers are using the ancient Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Vernaccia grapes to make gorgeously pure wines redolent of their terroir.

Tenuta San Jacopo

The Tenuta San Jacopo winery was in a state of disrepair, its old vine Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Trebbiano vines lying uncared for, until 2002. Then three wine-loving brothers from Milan purchased the property and set about restoring it to its former glory.

Located in the dry hills between Florence and Arezzo, this mid-sized property is planted to 38 ha (93.9 acres) of vines, with another 20ha to old olive groves. Portions of the vineyards were replanted after the purchase, while the older, healthier vines were tended to and brought up to modern standards. Certified Organic methods are used to take care of the land, the vines, and the grapes. These are then hand-harvested in small baskets, then sorted again at the winery and destalked before going into stainless or wood fermentation tanks (depending on the cuvee). The end results are lovely, earthy old-school renditions of Chianti.

We are proud to add the Tenuta San Jacopo wines to the Vinotas family, and we’re sure you’ll be very pleasantly surprised with them as well.


Stefano’s Poggio ai Grilli Chianti is lively, aromatic and refined while at the same time rustic, very Italian in so many ways. Bright, fresh red cherry fruit is complemented by earthy minerality and a wonderful lift, with a long finish. This is truly an old school Chianti.

Other wines:

  • Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva (Sangiovese with a soupçon of oak)
  • Quarto di Luna (white)