The history of the noble Marchesi Frescobaldi family dates back to 1300. As early as the 14th century, Florence's nobility supplied many European courts with wine, including the French royal court of Catherine de Medici and the English court of Henry VII. The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III, also prized the quality of the Frescobaldi wines at the time.
The Florence-based winegrowing enterprise is still owned by Dino, Vittorio, Maria, Ferdinando and Leonardo Frescobaldi as well as Bona Marchi, Vittorio's wife.
The Frescobaldi family's properties mainly include wineries in Tuscany which are almost all dominated by impressive castles: Castello Pomino (where white and red wines are produced from Burgundy varieties), Castello Nipozzano (home to Chianti Rufina, as well as the Super Tuscan Montesodi), Tenuta Castiglioni (where Chianti Colli Fiorentini is produced) and Tenuta CastelGiocondo (home to Brunello di Montalcino). The Montalcino vineyards are also the source of Luce, one of the most renowned Super Tuscans, which is produced from Sangiovese and Merlot. The Frescobaldi family also owns Tenuta dell'Ornellaia in Bolgheri (home of Ornellaia and Masseto, two of the best-known wines in Italy) and Tenuta Ammiraglia in Magliano in the heart of the Maremma. The Tenuta Attems winery produces Collio wines in Friuli. Today, Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi is in charge of the winegrowing in his own vineyards which cover 1,200 hectares. He is keeping the family tradition of creating long-lived, elegant Tuscan wines alive.