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San Polino

This Tuscan farm can be dated back to 1581, though current winemakers Luigi Fabbro and Katia Nussbaum bought the 5 hectares in 1991 complete with 1.5 hectares of olive trees. After years of renovation and working the land to produce 2.5 hectares of Sangiovese they released their first vintage in 2001, and they have been a soaring success ever since. A big factor in their success is down to their obsessive attention to maintaining a strong, thriving ecosystem, believing in the interdependence between human and vine. They introduce insects and microorganisms to the terroir to promote biodiversity, and these complex interactions make the soil so healthy that each vine can be individually cared for, without synthetic fungicides, herbicides or pesticides. The winemakers’ involvement with a biodiversity mapping project of the Brazilian Amazon was a big informant on deciding to work this way. All the work is done by hand. The terroir itself is on a south-facing slope of 22 per cent, over the valley of the Ribusuoli River at 400 to 450 metres above sea level. This means sunshine all day long, with a soft southern breeze from Monte Amiata, which helps ward off fungal infections. The various soil types on the estate include those rich in clay, sand and red earth.