Tuscan Collectibles: Bibi Graetz Testamatta – The Vineyard (*subscribers only)
“No one really took winemaking seriously near the town of Fiesole on the hillsides north of Florence. It was more of an enclave for rich Florentines or old peasant families from the region. However, Bibi Graetz changed it in 2000 when he began making wines at his family’s castle in the area called Castello di Vincigliata.
“The 44-year-old winemaker – who is actually half Norwegian and half Israeli – has an affinity for old vines, particularly indigenous grape types such as Sangiovese, Colorino, and Colore. It’s with Sangiovese that he really shows his winemaking prowess, with most of the grapes coming from ancient, low-density planted vines on the hillsides of Fiesole. They make the base of Testamatta – which is my No. 11 Best Collectible Wine of Tuscany.”
Listen to his passion for his vineyards and wines. Click here to watch the video.