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When Giuseppe Brancatelli, founder of Az. Ag. Brancatelli, isn’t motoring through Europe selling his wines, you’re likely to find him in the kitchen of his bustling agritourismo – or lounging by the pool telling stories to guests from around the world.

Don’t let the laid-back lifestyle fool you. Giuseppe (Pino to his friends) has carved out his dream from these rolling foothills just north of the tiny farming community of Riotorto.

He grew up on his father’s Sicilian winery, left home at 18 and ultimately landed in Holland, where he opened seven restaurants. All the while, his dream was to follow in his father’s foosteps.

After decades as a chef in Holland, Giuseppe returned to Italy in 1999 and here, 4 miles as the crow fies from the Mediterranean Ocean, he raised a family and launched his wine brand.

The newly planted, organically-farmed vines thrived in the limestone rich, clay-based soils. Giuseppe had found an ideal footing for Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This western-most range of Tuscany, the Val di Cornia, is testament to the success these grape varieties can achieve. Here, it is not Sangiovese that rules – Cabernet Sauvignon is the king that delivers robust, ripe fruit and a true expression of this Mediterranean-influenced microclimate.

His 44 acres spread out from the farmstead’s 1,300 AD guest-house across a sweeping valley. The land rises gently from the Etruscan coast, averaging only 170 feet above sea level, and is lush and verdant, the result of organic farming practices.

Whenever anyone asked me as a child what I wanted to be later in life, I always replied, without hesitation, a great wine maker.”

– Giuseppe Brancatelli



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