For more than a century the Gattavecchi family have been making wine in the Tuscan hills at Montepulciano. The family has overcome trials and tribulations, including allied bombing in 1944 which destroyed the winery and cellars, but their perseverance has paid off and today it is siblings Luca, Gionata and Daniela, together with their mother Gianna, who are maintaining the family heritage at their cantina in southern Montepulciano at Argiano.
Prugnolo gentile, the local clone of sangiovese, is grown at several sites in Argiano, Caggiole and Ascianello before being vinified at a very modern winery at their Podere Banditella estate, which runs almost entirely on renewable energy.
The wine is then matured in caves and the historic cellars of the old Santa Maria dei Servi church, with the reserve given 30 months in medium-sized Slovenian oak and small French barrels. Like many a Tuscan estate they also make olive oil and grappa.