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Ferdinando Frescobaldi

President of the Compagnia de'Frescobaldi

Ferdinando Frescobaldi is President of Compagnia dè Frescobaldi s.p.a., the Frescobaldi family holding company that directs the group’s companies, and he serves as well as President of the Tenuta dell’Ornellaia s.r.l. wine estate.

He entered the family firm in 1964, and in consort with his brothers helped to convert the family agricultural operations from sharecropping to direct ownership, and to shift emphasis to viticulture and olive growing. He focused on improving promotion and distribution of the estate wines, particularly those of Castello di Nipozzano, in the Chianti Rùfina zone; of Castello di Pomino, in Pomino; and of the Tenuta di Castelgiocondo in Montalcino.

He has always been a strong defender of the important role of the Denominazione Origine Controllata (DOC) system in protecting and promoting Italy’s prestigious growing areas, while at the same time favouring the utilisation of the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) category in order to create innovative wines such as the Supertuscans.

He has been a founder and supporter of numerous programmes aimed at developing and further strengthening the role of agriculture in Tuscany.
From 1980 through 2001 he served as President of the Consorzio per la Valorizzazione dei Vini Toscani.
From 1995 through 2007 he served as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Rùfina, encouraging further improvements in a local agriculture whose characteristics are ultra-high quality fruit and protection of the environment.
He also led the Federazione Nazionale dei Viticoltori e Produttori di Vino, from 1999 through 2005, and since 1990 he has been a Member of the Board of the Consorzio degli Olivicoltori della Toscana Centrale, which directs and protects the production of Laudemio, the world’s most highly-respected extravirgin olive oil.
He currently serves on the Board of the Consorzio del Chianti, as well as on the Boards of Tenute di Toscana s.r.l., of Tenute di Castelgiocondo and of Luce della Vite s.r.l.

Ferdinando Frescobaldi was born September 24, 1940, in Florence and is married to Rosaria Boni. He has three children, Piero, Livia, and Matteo. He enjoys tennis, skiing, and mountain hiking.

Estate wines in Tuscany

The Frescobaldi Estates are located in some of the most highly praised and famous areas of Tuscany: Chianti Rufina, Montalcino, Pomino, Colli Fiorentini and Maremma Toscana.
Each estate has an independent production with its own dedicated personnel and agronomists.

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Castello di Nipozzano
Thanks to the perfect balance of altitude, soil and a cool, ventilated microclimate, the different varietals enjoy ideal conditions for perfect growth, and produce wines of harmonious character and great longevity. The vineyard of Mormoreto is the best example of the exclusive marriage of nature and the work of man.
Castello di Pomino
Its vineyards are placed at the highest altitudes in Tuscany, up to 737 metres, and enjoy a fresh and well-ventilated microclimate. Here, in 1855 grape varieties were introduced that were unusual at that time such as Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. After a century and a half, these varieties have found their ideal habitat and produce wines of extraordinary elegance, finesse and minerality.
Castel Giocondo
The vineyards are found at the perfect altitude between 300 and 400 metres with well-drained soils and sunny, favorable southwest exposure. In the vineyards extreme care is given to the vines. High density and low production make a great Brunello of elegant texture and marvelous longevity.
Tenuta di Castiglioni
The fertile and varied soils are composed of both rock and clay, ideal conditions for the cultivation of the elegant Sangiovese, as well as for the robust and vivacious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. All of the vineyards on the estate enjoy a warm and dry microclimate with afternoon breezes that arrive from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia
The estate is located in Magliano in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany, its vineyards painting evocative geometric patterns in the hills leading to the Tyrrhenian coast. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions.
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