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The three Fioroni brothers Umberto, Amico, and Bernardo were born and raised in the Marche region, where they worked as sharecroppers up until the 1950s. At that time, the farming system in use was the Mezzadria, which dated back to the Middle Ages, and resembled indentured servitude more than a fair labor arrangement.  Because of this, in 1955 the brothers emigrated from Marche to Tuscany, finally arriving in San Gimignano, at Fattoria Poggio Alloro.

The Fioronis worked at Alloro as sharecroppers until 1972, when they were able to purchase the first 25 hectares in 1972, and started growing grapevines, olive trees, various kinds of fruits and vegetables, and cereal crops.  Later on, they built barns for the Chianina cattle as well as pigs, chickens, and rabbits. They also produced saffron, a common and popular spice in San Gimignano since the Middle Ages.  Today, three generations of Fioroni family work the vineyards, the cellars and the farmstead.  All farming is fully organic in the best traditions of respect for the land.  Along with their other produce, the farm produces a Rosso di Toscana, Chianti Classico and of course a Vernaccia di San Gimignano.   The Fioronis also manage the estate as an agriturismo destination, with beautiful rooms and dining alfresco with the towers of San Gimignano in the background.

 
 The village of San Gimignano and its famed towers

The village of San Gimignano and its famed towers

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG

Variety: 100% Vernaccia di S.Gimignano

Vinification: the harvested grapes are destemmed and undergo a cold maceratino to extract aromas.  Subsequently they are gently pressed and complete their alcoholic fermentation and aging in new french oak barriques

Alc:13%

Color: intense straw yellow with golden highlights

Bouquet: a broad and delicate bouquet of white-pulp fruit with a hint of bitter almonds and white flowers, and a pleasant finale spiced with vanilla

Taste: fine and persistent, dry and with the right keenness

Pairing: perfect with fish in general, white meat and mature cheeses

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Chianti DOCG

Varieties:  Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo

Vinification: soaking on the skins with repeated re-passing of must over the grape skins, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats and maturation in the bottle

Alc: 13%

Color: intense, deep ruby red

Bouquet: broad and elegant with pleasant odors of red fruit, cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry with final flowery notes of sweet violets

Taste: pleasantly tannic, dry, warm and full-bodied

Pairing: red meat, game and mature cheeses

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Rosso di Toscana IGT

Varieties: Sangiovese and Canaiolo

Vinification: soaking on the skins, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats and maturation in the bottle

Alc: 12,5%

Color: ruby with violet highlights

Bouquet: pleasant odors of red fruit and flowery notes

Taste:  slightly tannic, dry, warm and full-bodied

Pairing: red meat, game and cheeses

 
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