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Petrolo is located in Mercatale Valdarno, in the center of the triangle made by Florence, Siena and Arezzo. The region is known as the Colli Aretini (Aretini hills) which encircle the Monti Chianti, historically known and declared in 1716 by the Archduke of Tuscany as a particularly precious wine and olive producing region. Petrolo is perched in the sky, an island in a sea of clouds. The altitude, the galestro soils, the lakes on the property that moderate the temperature, and the biodiversity of the estate – only 76 of 672 acres are planted under vine – all contribute to this special mesoclimate. This Estate was bought by the Bazzocchi family in the 1940s and since the mid 80s has been headed by Lucia Bazzocchi Sanjust with the assistance of her son Luca who is now managing the winery. The technical agronomist is Carlo Nesterini, the oenologist is Stefano Guidi and since June 2002, Carlo Ferrini has been collaborating on agricultural and vinification issues. While Petrolo’s Merlot wine, Galatrona, deservedly receives fireworks in the press and is part of the history of Tuscany’s development in the late 1980s and 1990s, Petrolo’s sangiovese wine, Torrione, is an equally thrilling success – a singular Sangiovese from a special area that long ago was left just oustide Chianti Classico, and today produces wine more often compared to great Brunello.
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