30 years of Mazzaferrata: 1989-2019


It was 1985 when Bernardo Gondidecided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon at the Marchesi Gondi - Tenuta Bossi, above the village of Pontassieve and in the heart of the Chianti Rufina DOCG.

Bernardo was convinced that the vine could give a great territorial expression if planted on those hills that have always been suitable for the production of wines of great character and extraordinary longevity. The particular microclimate of the area, characterized by strong temperature differences between day and night in summer, gives the wines intense aromas and great finesse and elegance.

The vineyard chosen for the planting of Cabernet was the one named Pietravivalocated at a height of 250 meters with a south-east exposure. The vineyard covers 2.7 hectares and the form of training is partly spurred cordon and partly upside down. The soil is galestrose and clayey with calcareous sediments. 

Initially used in blends, from the 1989 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon was used in purity, giving birth to Mazzaferrata as we know it today. The decision to produce a wine that at the time seemed so distant from the tradition of the whole of Tuscany was born both from the awareness of the great vocation of the Chianti Rufina area - which had already been an experimental area for French grape varieties in the 19th century - and from the results obtained from the first vinifications.

The Mazzaferrata, whose name derives from the family Gondi coat of arms which shows two iron clubs in the Croce di Sant'Andrea, is an IGT Rosso dei Colli della Toscana Centrale. 

An important and deep wine, in its thirty years of life Mazzaferrata has earned itself the title of the company's champion, for its precise character that cannot be reproduced elsewhere. Mazzaferrata is BernardoGondi's wine; the one that perhaps best represents his far-sightedness and his desire to demonstrate the greatness of the territory and the EstateBossi, which has belonged to the family Gondi since 1592.

The vertical tasting of Mazzaferrata offers 9 vintages since the 90s (vintages tasted: 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011) and the excursus has given the opportunity to verify the longevity of the wine and its unique, noble and powerful character that Bernardo Gondi had already foreseen in 1985.

The tasting was conducted by the oenologist Dr. Fabrizio Moltard and Massimo Castellani delegate AIS of Florence.