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Nature, art, wine and oil

The Bossi estate, owned by the Gondi family since 1592, has been famous for its wine since the Renaissance. It is located on the wooded hills north-east of Florence, in the heart of the Chianti Rufina. The first historical evidence of today’s Chianti Rufina wines date back to the early 15th century.

One of the largest Gondi estates is Villa Bossi in Pontassieve, which the family owns since 1592, when Bartolomeo di Bernardo Gondi bought the estate from the Tolomei family. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, both the villa and the cellar were renovated and enlarged to include nearby properties. In the 1900s sharecropping gave place to direct farming, as the family pioneered agri-tourism and transformed part of the farmhouse into finely renovated apartments. The current owners continue the family tradition by maintaining the integrity and beauty of the landscape surrounding the estate, following a long-standing tradition at Tenuta Bossi.

The farm’s land is a mixture of clay and galestro rocks, which are particularly suitable for the cultivation of vines and olives. On the 19 hectares of vineyards the Sangiovese Colorino grape is produced from a native clone, produced here for over 100 years, as well as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trebbiano Toscano, Chardonnay and white Sauvignon. The grapes, cultivated with respect for the environment and carefully hand-picked, are vinified in the ancient vaulted cellars that are located in the villa’s basement. The winery’s cellars are located partly in the basement and partly under the park, under the shade of old trees. The cellars feature a series of vaulted rooms with cotto and sandstone flooring.

Tenuta Bossi combines utmost care towards the vineyards to produce healthy grapes, and strictly supervised vinification procedures with the use of select wood, resulting in unique wines, without losing a taste for tradition.