San Felice

SAN FELICE, acquired in 1978 by the Milan insurance group RAS, today Allianz, is located in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, a few kilometers from Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico. Surrounding the tiny medieval hamlet and the winery complex are 140 hectares of vineyard, planted 80% to sangiovese, a testimony to the commitment of San Felice to the production of Chianti Classico with a manifest bond to its local terroir, as shown by its Riserva ‘Il Grigio’, ‘Poggio Rosso’ and more recently ‘Il Grigio Gran Selezione’. But at the same time, San Felice has won recognition as a very innovative producer and committed researcher. Eloquent examples are its historic wine Vigorello, the precursor to the Supertuscan wines, and Pugnitello, made from the ancient Tuscan grape of the same name, which San Felice re-discovered and experimented with over many years, in collaboration with the University of Florence. In 1982, San Felice purchased the wine estate of CAMPOGIOVANNI in Montalcino, comprised of 20 hectares on the southern slope of that wine zone, and began producing Brunello. After just a few years, with the 1990 vintage, Campogiovanni entered the ranks of the elite of Montalcino by winning 7th place in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World and more recently the 4th place with the vintage 2006. Towards the mid-1990s, San Felice directed its interest to the Maremma, in the Massa Marittima area. There it planted 50 hectares on its PEROLLA estate, partly to native grapes, such as vermentino, ciliegiolo, and sangiovese, but to international varieties as well, cabernet sauvignon and particularly merlot. This new wine project produces wines with a modern style. Finally, 1990 saw the launch of an ambitious re-structuring of the San Felice borgo, with the establishment of an elegant hotel complex, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, for years now Traveller magazine has rated it as one of the finest Resorts in Europe.