Cosimo Maria Masini

Location: San Miniato, Tuscany
Size: 40 hectares
Varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, Vermentino, Buonamico, San Colombano, Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia Nera, Sanforte, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Viticulture: Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic
Vinification: Indigenous yeasts, aging in stainless steel, concrete and old botti

Cosimo Maria Masini is located in central Tuscany near San Miniato, a medieval village known both for wine and white truffles. In ancient times the area was traversed by the Via Francigena, a route taken by pilgrims through the region of Pisa on the way from Canterbury to Rome. In the mid 1800s the property was bought by the Marchese Cosimo of Ridolfi, who built the winery and was a famous agronomist in his time. Francesco de Filippis, originally from Campania in southern Italy, joined as a partner in 2012 to manage the farm for the Masini family who have since sold their ownership. He brought his expertise in biodynamic agriculture to the estate, which now spans 40 hectares on a single hill cultivated with about 15 hectares of vines as well as olive trees and other crops. Varieties include Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, Vermentino, Buonamico, San Colombano, Malvasia Bianca and Nera, as well as an indigenous grape, Sanforte, which has been revived from near extinction. Some of the younger vineyards have been planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.   
Although vines have been cultivated here since Roman times, the wines of San Miniato have remained relatively unknown in the world of Tuscan wines, and Francesco’s wines are a far cry from the modern mass-production style that one often associates with Chianti.