There is a lot of history on the Frascole estate, with evidence of Etruscan and Roman occupation here. In the great scheme of things the Lippis, Enrico and Elisa, have only been here for a very short time having bought the estate in 1992, but the changes and improvements they have wrought in that time have been remarkable.
When they bought it the land, and the properties on it, was in a sorry state and it took many years of investment and hard work, refurbishing the vineyards and the buildings, to create not only a fine Chianti estate but a village of holiday lets as well. They have a great passion for the place and a passionate desire to make it work because they are both from Dicomano. This is where their roots are.
The estate covers 100 hectares at between 350 and 500 metres above sea level in the hills overlooking the village of Dicomano. Enrico is an agronomist and he looks after the 15 hectares of vines together with 9 hectares of olives.
Over the years the Lippis have changed much. The density of plantings has increased, yields have lowered and the vines are managed more closely, with green harvesting and hand picking of the fruit the norm.