On the wooded hills northeast of Florence, 18 km from the city, in the heart of “Chianti Rufina”, a wine producing area famous since the Renaissance, at an altitude ranging from 200 to 400 meters above sea level, is the BOSSI Estate, which has belonged to the GONDI family since 1592. On its 315 hectares, vineyards, olive groves, woods and grain are cultivated.
The mixed soil of this land is made up of alternating bands of clay and marl, particularly suited to the cultivation of grapevines and olive trees. The clay provides a sufficient reserve of water for the plants, during the bright summer days characteristic of the zone, while the marl lends warmth and structure to the products. These characteristics of the soil ensure highly structured wines, endowed with long life and memorable bouquet. This is due to the fact that, although the days are very hot in summer, ensuring excellent ripening of the grapes, the cool night winds blowing from the nearby Apennines keep them from ripening too soon. The olive oil too benefits from these characteristics, acquiring taste, structure, flavour and a very low degree of acidity.
The 18 hectares of vineyard are planted to Sangiovese vines, Colorino from a native clone, which has been reproduced here for over 100 years; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trebbiano Toscano, Chardonnay and white Sauvignon. These grapes, grown in full respect for the environment and harvested by hand with special care, are made into wine in the ancient vaulted cellars found in the subsoil of the Villa, entered by a large door on the front below the park with its age-old trees.
The 32 hectares of olive groves are planted to traditional cultivars of the zone. About 70% of the olive trees are of the Frantoio variety, with the remainder consisting of Moraiolo, Pendolino and Leccino. The land is divided into two production zones. The first, below the villa, at an altitude of 200 to 300 meters above sea level, is distinguished by deeper soil that is less severely affected by dry summers and cold winters, which produces a more robust olive oil.
Above the villa lies the other zone, at an altitude of 300 to 400 meters, characterised by dryer soil containing more marl, where snow can fall during the coldest winters. Here the trees yield an olive oil that is more fragrant and more refined.
The estate thus produces two types of extra-virgin olive oil of highest quality, including Laudemio.