In its 140 years, Ruffino’s distinctive trait has been to be a pioneer, to always look forward while respecting the past. A past that is so deeply entwined with the history of wine in Tuscany that it is impossible to separate the two.
The history and success of Ruffino are inescapably rooted in Tuscany. In 1877, Pontassieve was an area with a few stone houses near a bridge that connected them to the ring of hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and Cypress trees. This pastoral scene was interrupted only by church bell towers that dotted the countryside, their bells ringing out day and night. Cousins Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino looked around at this little hamlet they called home and decided to embark on their shared dream to make high-quality wine.
Their wine immediately met local tastes and very quickly began enjoying critical acclaim beyond their Tuscan borders. Prestigious awards like the Gold Medal at the 1881 Milan Expo, the Quarterly Prize at the 1884 Nice Expo and the Gold Medal at the 1885 Antwerp Expo, brought the attention of the Duke of Aosta, an avid wine lover. He appointed Ruffino as the Official Supplier to the Royal House. In 1927, the winery released their flagship label, Riserva Ducale in his honour.
By 1913, the Ruffino name was known all around the world. Not least because they were the first wine producers to export Chianti in the United States. However, with the tides of war beckoning, the cousins decided to sell the winery to the Folonari family to ensure its continued success.
The Folonari family took the foundation built by the Ruffino cousins and built stories of history. For example, during the years of Prohibition, Ruffino wine continued to be exported to the United States as an “anti-stress medicine.” And in the height of La Dolce Vita years – the 1950s and 1960s – the winery and wine was the epitome of celebrity glamour. Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica and Marcello Mastroianni were all photographed with Ruffino’s iconic “fiasco” bottles in hand.
Today, the winery vaunts six separate estates that produce Tuscany’s most acclaimed labels: Chianti DOCG, Chianti Classico DOCG, Toscana IGT and Brunello di Montalcino. The same pastoral landscape of rolling hills, Cypress trees and vineyards delights visitors who come from near and far to get a taste of Tuscan history.
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