Tenuta degli Dei has been owned by Tommaso and Roberto Cavalli for well over thirty years. Their winemakers, Gioia Cresti and Carlo Ferrini were Wine Enthusiast’s 2007 winemaker of the year have been working together since 1998. The estate is located in the village of San Leolino, near Panzano in Chianti, one of the loveliest regions in the Tuscan countryside. Nestled in the famed Conca d’Oro the vineyards benefit from ideal geographic and climatic conditions for viticulture. Panzano’s soil type is mixed, rich in the marl-based soil known as galestro, and well-drained, allowing the vines to absorb all the minerals in the soil and transfer the characteristics of the terroir to the grapes.
All grape varieties grown on the estate are of French origin: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Alicante Bouschet. The winemakers are committed to making quality insists on hand-harvesting, as well as a two-step hand-selection process to insure that only the best grapes are selected for fermentation. Each vintage of Cavalli Tenuta degli Dei “wears” its own distinctive print from the family’s renowned fashion house on its label as a way of distinguishing between vintages. This practice creates a visual link between the family’s longstanding creative tradition and their enduring passion for wine.