Tenuta di Trinoro Masterclass

Solitary and introspective, Andrea Franchetti is one of Italy’s most focused and talented winemakers. MONICA LARNER, THE WINE ADVOCATE.

Trinoro is the brainchild of the prodigiously talented, Andrea Franchetti, who is also responsible for the wines of Passopisciaro on Mt Etna. Trinoro is a tiny estate in the south of Tuscany dedicated to the exploitation of the Bordeaux varieties. In a relatively short amount of the time the wines have achieved cult-status and only tiny amounts are made, let alone come into Australia.

The vineyard specializes in the big bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. In the short time he spent working in Bordeaux, he learnt the fundamental concept of ‘terroir’. In searching for a vineyard, he found a little piece of land far from any kind of viticultural activity that consisted of more sheep and roses than vines.

Franchetti discovered that the soils of what is now Tenuta di Trinoro, were comparable to the soil type in Saint-Emilion. In fact, the people of Bordeaux have even admitted that Petit Verdot is better suited here than in Bordeaux.