Santedame is situated in Chianti's Golden Basin, or Conca d'Oro in Italian. This small region is renowned for low yields of grapes that create concentrated wines with exceptional minerality and finesse.
This estate was named for the Capella di Santedame--a chapel that dates to the 15th century and is the only remaining vestige of a Benedictine monastery that once stood on the site. The chapel houses a gorgeous fresco of the Madonna--the sante dam or ‘holy woman.' Some scholars have attributed the fresco to the school of the Florentine master Ghirlandaio.
Santedame is surrounded by one of Europe's few protected cypress forests. Visitors approach the Estate down a long, cypress-lined drive that leads to a quintessential Tuscan stone farmhouse.
625, of which 175 acres are vineyards
Colorino, Merlot and Sangiovese
Shallow, stingy and wind-whipped galestro soil; steep hills, higher altitude plantings with wide day-to-night temperature swings