Fattoria di Magliano

Italy, Tuscany

Nestled in the hilly Italian countryside of Maremma Toscana with its vineyards descending towards the Thyrrhenian Sea from a height of 300m, The vineyards here offer some of the best views we know of the Tuscan coastline. La Fattoria di Magliano was set up in 1996 by Agostino Lenci. Agostino, fascinated by the history of the region and its centuries old wine-making traditions, sees his job and duty to safeguard nature – both wild and agricultural. Minimum intervention and limited development makes for wonderfully healthy vines and truly characterful wines.

Twenty years on these beautiful vineyards are maturing and producing the best fruit of their lives, vine age and bio-dynamic practices means these wines now really are better than ever since the first harvest in 2003. And we should not forget that even when young these vineyards were producing wonderful fruit - the 2004 Poggio Bestiale was rated Italy's best Tuscan wine under £20 in Decanter magazine – quite an achievement for a wine with such a short history. The soil here is sandy with a good amount of clay, which combined with a good dose of sunshine and sea breeze, results in some really beautiful wines – full-flavoured, rippley rich but with a dynamic twang of acidity and pep that makes them just so drinkable.

Fattoria di Magliano has now completed the process of converting to organic farming across all its parcels. This estate, with vines planted at 200 to 300 meters above sea level, benefits from the unique growing conditions that characterize the best grape growing sites along the Tuscan Coast. The property gets the trapped summer heat from inland areas plus the soft sea breezes that lift off the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Orbetello. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Nov 2017)