Bibi Graetz trained in Florence as an artist, but by the late 1990s he had caught the wine bug. It was fortunate that his family property, the Castello di Vincigliata in Fiesole, was surrounded by vineyards.
There were two concepts that guided him as a wine producer: he wanted to focus solely on local varieties, and he wanted to source his grapes from very old vineyards, which he likes to think of as ‘gardens’, each being meticulously tended by hand.
Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of 14 Bibi Graetz Colore wines spanning 2000 – 2018
Graetz is keen too on local white varieties such as Ansonica and Vermentino, which flourish on the island of Giglio off the Tuscan coast. He had to negotiate leases on the vineyards he discovered, as he found that their owners were very reluctant to sell them. So he developed a patchwork of sources in various parts of Tuscany.
‘Sometimes I have 50 different lots of Sangiovese in the cellar, which gives me exciting blending possibilities,’ he says.