Tenuta Sette Ponti is an estate in Tuscany, just east of the Chianti Classico zone. It’s name, Tenuta Sette Ponti, is taken from the number of bridges over the Arno River between the two Tuscan cities of Florence and Arezzo. The name Sette Ponti, or “seven bridges,” refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River.
The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. There are around 50 hectares (124 acres) of vines within a wider estate of 330ha (815 acres), which sits at around 1000ft (300m) above sea level.
It makes a range of wines under the IGT Toscana designation, including Oreno, a Bordeaux Blend, and Crognolo, a Sangiovese-predominant wine with a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property’s vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti’s enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France’s most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d’Anna.