Andrea Franchetti is one of Italy’s most fascinating winemakers, bringing his intuitive and poetic worldview to the way he makes his wines. Franchetti works with two very different vineyard projects, Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany and Passopisciaro in Sicily, each of which inspires a distinct style of wine.
Franchetti has been producing wine since the 1990s, first at his remote 500-acre estate in the far-flung Orcia Valley in the southeastern corner of Tuscany and since 2000 on the northern slopes of Sicily’s Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. A true poet, Franchetti applies his artistic worldview to the way he grows his grapes and makes his wines: each year provides him with a blank canvas, and with the best the vintage has to offer, he creates and bottles a new and completely distinct work of art.
Production at both estates is limited, using only carefully cultivated estate-grown fruit. In Tuscany, Franchetti planted red Bordelais grapes brought over from France, with their varying shades of deep, rich purple: cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. On Etna, the palette ranges from the lustrous white of the chardonnay grape to the orange-tinted, indigenous nerello mascalese and finally to the inky hues of cesanese d’Affile and petit verdot.
Both sites are extraordinary, complex, and poles apart in terms of terroir. From both his Tuscan and Sicilian estates, Franchetti produces a portfolio of wines that is rich and diverse. Each wine expresses the characteristics of the vintage, the particulars of the locations, the fullest potential of the varieties, and the vision of the winemaker.
“These are the wines of a genius.” – The Wine Advocate