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Tenuta Orsumella, Tuscany, Italy

Tenuta Orsumella

Tenuta Orsumella is located in Montefiridolfi, within the Chianti Classico denomination area - the entire estate spans 78 hectares of which 25 dedicated to vineyards and 11 to olive groves. At the center of the Estate, along the ridge road that leads to the built up area is La Pila, an ancient residence that, since the 1200’s, acted as a “court” for the area’s business and administrative activities as well as the country manor of the Buondelmonti, a noble florentine family.

The wines are produced from handpicked Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which are transported (again by hand) in small crates and undergo yet further selection in the cellar.  The wines are aged in both stainless steel (Chianti Classico) and in 25hl French oak barrels (Riserva and IGT Toscana) before further ageing takes places in the bottle.

The name ‘Orsumella’ comes from a local story telling the tale of how, during summer nights, youngsters would watch the reflection of the stars on a stream that flowed at the bottom of a gorge. The stars lighting up the sky were actually the Ursa Minor Constellation, made up of seven stars.

The Orsumella stream still flows today through the vineyards on the estate.  The seven-pointed star depicted in Orsumella’s logo also reflects this story.