OUR ARTISTIC HERITAGE & APPROACH
HISTORY & PASSION
The RISECCOLI estate and our wines tell a story beginning in the early 20th century when renowned Florentine artist Prof. Romano Romanelli (1882-1969) acquired the land, villas, vines and olive groves in the hills above Greve in Chianti.
Coming from a line of artists and mainly known as a member of the prestigious Florence Academy of Art, Professor Romanelli had a comparable interest in agriculture and viticulture.
In those days, friends of the Romanelli family were among the fortunate few to
enjoy the fine wines and extra-virgin olive oil from the RISECCOLI estate.
Over the years the circle of RISECCOLI wine lovers grew as the Romanelli family embarked on several viticultural studies and experiments, always aiming to bring to life wines representative of the terroir and the Tuscan winemaking tradition.
The winery is still in the family and the next generations continue with the same passion as Professor Romanelli, and the belief that the finest examples of Chianti Classico wines are crafted and produced in smaller parcels.
VINES & VILLAS
The RISECCOLI estate is the expression of the quintessential beauty of Tuscany; rolling hills planted with vines and olive trees, Mediterranean forests and farmhouses scattered against an idyllic backdrop – similar to the Renaissance frescoes in the elegant palazzi of Florence and Siena.
The holiday villas at RISECCOLI consist of three skillfully restored 16th-century farmhouses. They were converted into comfortable accommodations at the turn of the millennium
for the sheer enjoyment of world travelers seeking an exclusive holiday and, above all, a true Tuscan experience.
The winery, cellar and tasting room are all located on the grounds of the ancient Romanelli family villa, which is surrounded by rows of tall cypress trees.
The vineyards are planted with approximately 10 hectares of the indigenous Sangiovese varietal and small parcels of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. All are organically grown, the estate and the wines and the olive oil being all entirely organically certified.
SMALL PRODUCTION WINES & AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
From the very beginning, Tenuta RISECCOLI was dedicated to crafting fine wines grown in small vineyards with a focus on quality over quantity. The spectacular scenery around the estate makes a wonderful backdrop to enjoy a wine tasting experience or an authentic Tuscan holiday with family and friends. Get a better sense below.
TALENT & DEDICATION
A team of dedicated and skilled wine and wine tourism professionals work together at RISECCOLI. They are all natives of the Chianti Classico area who value il territorio (territory/terroir) and l’accoglienza (hospitality).
Ilaria Romanelli (daughter of Romano Romanelli) with Arnaud Faure (her french husband)
The two have overseen RISECCOLI’s evolution into the 21st century. Their philosophy has always been to express the exceptional terroir at RISECCOLI and produce wines for the pure enjoyment of their family and friends all over the world.
Valerio Barbieri – Agronomist
One of the most respected agronomists in Italy, Valerio is responsible for planting the RISECCOLI vineyards, as well as those of many of the more prominent wineries in the Chianti Classico area and beyond.
Elisabetta Barbieri – Winemaker
Valerio’s daughter and graduate of the prestigious Università Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie di Firenze. Elisabetta was trained by Giacomo Tachis, father of modern winemaking in Italy. Her palate is one of the finest of the younger generation of women winemakers.
Simone Franconi – Cellar Master & Estate Manager
Simone is our skilled and attentive estate manager and cellar master, and has worked closely with some of Italy’s best-known winemakers.
Marianna Veltro – Hospitality and Administration Manager
Marianna manages administration, domestic sales and shipments, and the holiday villas at RISECCOLI. She’s a world traveler and is fluent in English, German and Mandarin
Sibilla Becucci – Hospitality and Tasting Room Manager
Our acclaimed wine education and hospitality specialist, Sibilla lives in Greve; she charms and fascinates all wine enthusiasts during her amazing wine tutorials.