In the Middle Ages the vineyard and farmland of I Veroni formed part of the extensive feudal estates, in the Arno valley, of the Conti Guidi family. At that time the Fattoria was dominated by a watch tower, now in ruins. The present farm buildings are a blend of centuries old structures and contemporary additions. The first stone wine fermentation tank was built in 1809. Parts of this are still visible in the original cellars.
The estate passed from the Guidi family to the Modigliani di Rufina family in the early 19-C. At the beginning of the 20-C it was bought by Carlo Malesci whose family still own it today.
The name I Veroni is derived from the wide terraces surrounding the farm where many years ago tobacco leaf and grain from the Arno valley was dried. Today the farm which lies in the Pontassieve Hills (240-280 meters), spreads over 50 hectares and is close to the church of S.Martino a Quona. The vineyards cover 15 hectares and 20 hectares are planted with olives.
In 1996 Lorenzo Mariani took over the management of the business. Together with Emilio Monechi, oenologist and friend, he began the important business of reorganising and specialising in wine production.
The planting of new vineyards in 1998 was undertaken with the express purpose of growing specialist vines; the aim was an average planting of 90% Sangiovese variety at a density of no less than 5.000stumps/ha. From 2009 Vintage we started to work with a new consulting Oenologist and Agronomist : Dott A. Paoletti.
The commitment and enthusiastic efforts of this new management team has brought about the successful development and significant improvement in the quality and range of our wines.
I Veroni now has a dynamic range of 3 distinct Chianti Rufina wines which are true to the authentic character of the Sangiovese- Rufina tradition and 4 IGT wines : two red wines , a Rose’ and White blend .
Traditional wines are Chianti Rufina DOCG, Chianti Rufina Riserva Docg , Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina DOC.
Chianti Rufina. This powerful young Chianti has a fruity, floral aroma and it’s aged one year in oak barrels of 25 HL and like the Riserva is a good accompaniment to rich foods.
I VERONI Chianti Rufina RESERVE is produced with a long fermentation with only selected Sangiovese , this wine is aged in French oak barrels of 500 litres for 16-18 months before being bottled and stored for a further period of 8-10 months.
Then, in pride of place, our signature Vin Santo (dessert wine) pays homage to age old Tuscan winemaking traditions. Only the finest Malvasia Toscana, Trebbiano and Sangiovese grapes are used. These grapes are allowed to ripen on the vine until March After a slow pressing the wine is matured for a minimum of 7 years in small (100 litre) oak and chestnut casks before bottling and storing for a further 12-14 months.
New Style : IGT wines
Zibo – ROSSO DI TOSCANA is our Red Tuscan IGT , a soft, fruity blend of Sangiovese and Merlot.
We have a limited production of a fresh White blend “Pianottolo” ( Malvasia and Sauvignon blanc ) and I VERONI Rose`( Sangiovese 100%) : Enjoy as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to seafood.
We believe that our two outstanding wines are our Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG and Vinsanto del Chianti Rufina DOC. They are the embodiment of our historic Tuscan vines and our up to date winery- first class examples of the fusion of the old and the new.