Research is paramount to us. It enables us to have a better understanding of nature’s mechanisms in order to quietly sustain it. When we purchased the land around the farm we found evidence of a long history. This included a Sangiovese vineyard, over one hundred years old, which had survived historic events, the weather, changing fashions and the quirks of man. Among acres of vineyard we found the “Colombana” golden grape variety, identical to that which is grown in Lombardy by the name of San Colombano, and which was allegedly brought here, by a disciple of St. Colombanus himself. How could we not feel responsible for this small treasure? How could we give in to enticements of the market and not appreciate and enhance what we were inheriting? We have devoted all of our energy to looking after our land and our natural surroundings. Studying, testing, and keeping up to date is essential in order to find ways of minimizing human intervention, in order not to distort what nature offers through the use of chemicals. This is why research and technological innovation are so important to us. Over the years we have worked closely with various scientific institutions. We have worked with the University of Pisa on a research project on the drying process of the Trebbiano grapes. We have also taken part in the University’s studies on Sangiovese Polveroso, Brunellone, and San Forte. We have co-operated in a published study about Food Chemistry, carried out in association with the Scuola Superiore S. Anna in Pisa, which aimed to measure the effects of ethylene, a plant hormone used to force the ripening of grapes. For us “real wine” is autochthonous, the one we like to call “Real Tuscan Wine”. Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Colombana, which for centuries have grown in an area often without the help of man. Together they represent the history, voice, and breath of the land. They will never conform or be ordinary, because by living naturally in harmony with nature they do not need human intervention. The winemaker’s involvement is minimal, everything else depends on the power of nature.
Place: Fattoria Fibbiano is located at no. 2 via Fibbiano, in the municipality of Terricciola, in the province of Pisa in the Era valley in Tuscany.
Profile: Terricciola, set in the hills between Pisa and Volterra, is part of an area which is very rich in history and traditions. The soil originates from the sea and is rich in fossil shells from the Pliocene epoch, and medium-textured corals (see picture). We treat our farmland only with organic, chemical-free substances.
Exposure: The estate lies on a hill in an ideal geographical location. Most of our vineyards are south-facing. 2.5 hectares have been planted in a north-facing direction with the aim of producing sweeter grapes in dry periods, which in recent years have become more frequent. All the red grape varieties are positioned on top of the hill while the white grape varieties have been planted on the valley floor.
Year established: A stone on the foundation of the house is carved with the year when it was built: 1707. In 1997 Giuseppe Cantoni purchased the Fattoria Fibbiano.
Total area: 20 hectares of vineyards, 5 hectares of olive groves, 12 hectares of woodland and the rest is arable land.
Vineyards: The farm has always grown autochthonous grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Sangiovese Forte, Sangiovese Polveroso, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Colorino for red wines, and Vermentino and Colombana for white wines.
Winemaker: Nicola Cantoni
Age of our vineyards: some vineyards (around 2.5 hectares) are over 100 years old and 17.5 hectares are up to 20 years old.
Wines: Le Pianette Igt Toscana, Casalini Chianti Superiore DOCG, Ciliegiolo, L’Aspetto Igt Toscana, Sanforte Igt Toscana, Ceppatella DOC Terre di Pisa Sangiovese, Fonte delle Donne Igt Toscana, Rosè Igt Toscana, Morfeo Metodo Classico.
Market: 80% of our wine is exported. We export to the following countries: United States, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Lebanon, Mexico.