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Leonardo Frescobaldi

Honorary President, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Born in Florence on July 2 1942, Leonardo Frescobaldi obtained his baccalauréat in Classics, and after studies in Political Science at the University of Florence, in 1964 he took up responsibilities in the family business. Following initial duties in purchasing and in administration, he began to focus on sales and marketing.

Beginning in 1970, he spent a substantial amount of time in the United States where he acquired a valuable familiarity with the American and Canadian markets. Since 1974 he has focused on international markets; efforts which led to the creation of a network of importers and distributors currently located in 86 countries around the world. As Honorary President he continues to contribute to the strengthening of the Frescobaldi reputation, thanks in particular to the prestigious and high-quality wines from the family’s historic estates: Castello di Pomino, Castello di Nipozzano, Tenuta di Castiglioni, and Tenuta di CastelGiocondo. His efforts also include promoting the entire panorama of Tuscan wines through lectures and seminars that he gives throughout the world.

In 1980, the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi corporation was formed, and Leonardo Frescobaldi was elected Vice President, with the position of Director of International Sales & Marketing.

In 1995, Società Luce della Vite in Montalcino was launched, thanks to agreements between the Robert Mondavi and Frescobaldi families, and Leonardo Frescobaldi became a member of the board.

In 1996, his responsibilities as Director of International Sales & Marketing were extended to cover the Italian market as well.

In 2002, the Vigneti di Nugola company was founded, a partnership of the Marchi and Frescobaldi families, and he became a member of the board.

In 2005, upon the acquisition of control by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi of Luce della Vite and of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, he was elected President of Luce della Vite and member of the board of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia.

In 2007, he was elected President of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, leader and managing partner of the following companies: Conti Attems, Luce della Vite, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Vigneti di Nugola, Frescobaldi R&R, and Consorzio Griafone e Pianamonte.

At the end of June 2013 he stepped down from the Presidency of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and will remain on the Board of Directors of the company as Honorary President.

As a result of his almost ceaseless travels throughout the world, Leonardo Frescobaldi possesses a wide-ranging familiarity with the world of wine in all its aspects. His knowledge has won him positions and awards from the most prestigious wine associations. He is a member of the International Academy of Wines of Bordeaux, a Chevalier du Tastevin, and in 1995 served as President of the International Wine and Spirit Competition of London. In addition, he is an honourable member for life of the Amici dell’Enotria (Ottawa, Canada), and Master Knight of Wine, Worthy Member of the Order of Chaine des Rotisseurs.

His daughter, Dr. Diletta Frescobaldi was born in Florence on January 1, 1973. On April 28, 1982 he married Marchesa Cristiana Bargagli Bardi Bandini, born in Rome, December 9, 1947.

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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