Luciano Cortesi decided to carry on the family tradition of producing wine and oil, a tradition established by his grandfather Emilio and continued by his father Severino and his uncle Nazareno. He therefore founded the Giole Vineyard in the area of Badia a Ruoti, about an hour’s drive south from Florence, Tuscany.
This vineyard is closely tied to the Cortesi family, whose heart and soul have always been behind all the family projects.
Part of the olives allocated for the production of the Olio Extravergine d’Oliva 9 come from the area around Florence, where part of the Cortesi family lives; in particular, from the hills of the towns of Bagno a Ripoli and Impruneta. The remaining olives, which yield an exquisite olive oil with very low acidity, are gathered in the olive groves of the Parco dell’Uccellina, in the coastal region of the Maremma in southern Tuscany.
The Cortesi family fell in love with the Maremma and, in particular, with the Monte Argentario peninsula where, near Capo D’Omo, they bought an estate with a small centennial vineyard of Ansonica grapes located on a cliff overlooking the sea, in front of the Giglio, Montecristo, Corsica, and Elba islands.
This is where the grapes allocated for the production of Ansonica Tradizione 1 come from.
Those used for Ansonica 24 instead come from vineyards in the area of Parrina (Orbetello).
The single-variety Sangiovese Badia a Ruoti 4 wine is made from the grapes of the small centennial vineyard of Badia a Ruoti, which surrounds the family’s country home. These grapes yield a maximum of 600 bottles.
The grapes allocated to the Sangiovese 10 come from the area of Marciano.
The Cortesi family relies on the expertise and sagacity both of Antonio Camillo who takes care of the winemaking, and of Paolo Valente, friend, journalist and sommelier, who is in charge of communications.