One of Chianti Classico's largest estates, Dievole, has been purchased by Argentinian billionaire Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni, owner of several wineries in Argentina, Uruguay, and California.
Bulgheroni has also bought Poggio Landi in Montalcino for a reported €15m. The 134ha estate, with 25ha of vineyards, formerly belonged to Stefano Cinelli Colombini, owner of Fattoria dei Barbi.
Bulgheroni has plans to renovate the estate, adding a new cellar, refurbishing the farmhouse, and beginning wine production once a winery is installed.
The wine production of both operations is being overseen by Tuscany’s Alberto Antonini, who for years has consulted to Bulgheroni’s Uruguay estate, Bodega Garzón.
Located 15km north of Siena, Dievole consists of 80ha of vines and substantial olive groves – and a luxury resort that was redesigned around its 15th century villa a few years ago.
The Tuscan businesses will be managed from Dievole with new management already in place.
According to statements made to the Italian press, Cinelli Colombini says production at Fattoria dei Barbi will remain unchanged.
Written by David Furer