The Petrolo Estate is run by the Bazzocchi-Sanjust family arrived at its 4th generation and focuses its activity in the production of Fine Wines, Organic extra virgin Olive Oil Tuscany IGPand since the 80’s Petrolo rents its villas for lovely holidays and farmstays set in the unique Tuscan rural countryside.
Petrolo extends over 272 hectares between 250 and 400 meters above sea level, in an area known since early ‘800 for its prestigious wines. The estate properties are set in the Val d’Arno Superiore among the hills of the “Chianti Colli Aretini” an area bordering the south-eastern part of Chianti Classico, on moderately loose-packed soil composed of rocky stratifications of claystone, shale and lime stone.
Winemaking at Petrolo, since the second half of the 80’s has been aiming to produce wines with character, connected to our territory thanks to vines of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Faithful to this project the selection of grapes is today increasingly important, convincing our plants to produce low yields and a careful and caring work in the cellar want to sustain and improve nature’s result, without ruining it. In the 50’s there were 1500 plants per hectare for a production of 3500 hectoliters of wine while today with 5500 plants per hectare, production has been reduced to little less than 700 hectoliters. An accurate selection that wants to add quality and beauty to what is already by nature, extremely precious.
This is the idea at the heart of Petrolo’s wines, each one of high level, each one tended towards the greatest quality. Petrolo doesn’t make basic wines, only great wines. The winery has been improving in recent years following this idea, only aiming towards labels that could guarantee high quality and that could represent a coherent identity of the Estate. Making great wines is a complex challenge, a coincidence of circumstances are needed: special pedoclimatic conditions, awareness and delicate work in the vineyard and in the cellar and finally, a good dose of luck.
To make a great wine you need to tend the plants with care, every single one, repeatedly throughout the year. This is the mission that we at Petrolo are fulfilling every day.