“There are two fundamental rules in my work; consistency with past decisions, and humility in the process of a continuing desire to learn.” -Leonardo Beconcini
Leonardo Beconcini’s grandfather purchased the property from the local gentry in the 1950’s. He and his family had been working this land for some time, and were one of the first in Tuscany to free themselves from the then-prevalent sharecropping system. They first turned the property into a polyculture operation, with Leonardo’s father Pietro later focusing the farm to viticulture (but keeping the olive trees!). Leonardo took over the reins in 1995, joined in 2001 by his partner Eva Bellagama.
The vineyards are unusual because, in addition to Sangiovese, there are ancient plantings of Tempranillo that appear to have been an accident of fortune: Spanish pilgrims on their way to Rome may have inadvertently left seedlings in the hills around San Miniato. Today, the vineyards are certified organic. The wines are fermented and aged in a combination of steel, concrete, oak, and fiberglass. They range from light to ample, dry to sweet, with variation enough for any occasion.