The estate "Fattoria Petrolo", with its famous winery and prestigious production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The property covers 272 hectares (approximately 672 acres) with 31 hectares (over 76 acres) of specialized vineyards, 19 hectares (about 47 acres) of olive trees, and the rest natural plants and forest located at an altitude between 250 to 400 mt (750 to 1200 ft) above sea level and with a terrain of rocky stratifications of Galestro (a clay-like sediment).
Villa Petrolo, the main building on Fattoria Petrolo, dates back to the 1700’s when it was built by architect Massimiliano Soldani as his own private residence. The estate is set amongst vineyards, oak and holm-oak woods and green olive groves - it epitomises all that is traditional in this region of Tuscany. On the estate is the Tower of Galatrona dating back to the Etruscan and Roman eras and Villa Petrolo overlooks the ancient Romanesque Pieve (old parish church) which houses works by Giovanni della Robbia.
From the producers of the famed "Galatrona", Torrione is a 100% Sangiovese wine made from a combination of grapes from historic vines planted in the 70's and some from vines that were more recently planted in high density vineyards. The yield per plant is low (each vine is restricted to 2.5 lbs of grapes) for maximum concentration then maceration on the skins lasts for 14 days, resulting in the the full-bodied character of this wine.
Fattoria Petrolo Toscana Torrione 2004, #
61 in Wine Spectators 2006 top 100 list
93 out of 100....Plenty of blackberry and currant bush aromas. Intense. Full-bodied and very chewy, with ripe tannins and a long, powerful finish. A structured Sangiovese. Like the 2001 or better. Rated 93 Wine Spectator Tuscany A large and varied region of Italy, many observers regard Tuscany as the area which is quintissentially 'Italian' and offering the 'best' of Italy. Certainly for anyone visiting Italy for the first time Tuscany is the ideal starting point. The 'lingua Toscana' is the purest dialect in the country, the countryside is gentle with rolling hills and natural beauty
and of course, Tuscany was the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Fattoria Petrolo Toscana Vineyards
The region is known as the Colli Aretini (Aretini hills) which encircle the Monti Chianti, historically known and declared in 1716 by the Archduke of Tuscany as a particularly precious wine and olive-producing region. The Petrolo Winery is part of the medieval fiefdom of "Galatrona" and its tower, built atop roman ruins, still exists. In fact, this is where the name for our Torrione wine comes from. The Winery was acquired by the Bazzocchi family in the 40s and since the middle of the 80s the proprietors have pursued a wine production based exclusively on the highest quality research.