Pigs, Vermentino and Baby Super Tuscans: The Il Muro Family Farm, Tuscany

Il Muro estate has been owned by the Pancaro family for more than two centuries. In the 17th century, poet Francesco Redi, whose villa can be admired on the side of Poggio Mendico, celebrated the vineyards and the wines of this area, describing them as blood-red, gold-red, sparkling, bright and spicy in his well-known poem “Bacchus in Tuscany”.

Situated in the very heart of Tuscany, a few miles from the medieval city of Arezzo, the estate is actually a full working farm, extending over 65 hectares of woods, vineyards and olive groves. Fruit and vegetables are grown, and hens and pigs are raised for eggs and salumi. But the land is made for wine; ‘galestro’ soils, a mix of loose marl and limestone, and a temperate climate regulated by the nearby Alpe di Poti mountain range, provide the perfect terroir for traditional Tuscan grapes Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Malvasia and Vermentino.

You may well already be familiar with the Spigallo Chianti and Il Muro Chianti Riserva, but we’ve two brand new additions from the farm: Castro, described by winemaker Federico Pancaro as a “baby Super Tuscan”, and Verdone, named after the greenfinches that frequent the vineyards and a just beautiful 100% Vermentino.

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