Carving Out a Hillside in Chianti Classico

Pier Luigi Tolaini’s dream of creating a wine estate in his native Italy is bearing fruit
Apr 22, 2016

High on a hillside in Castelnuovo Berardenga, with a picturesque view of the towers of Siena, Pier Luigi Tolaini is fulfilling his dream of making top-quality wine from his native Italy. Now approaching 80, Tolaini left his home near Lucca at 19 years old, broke and with the promise to himself that he would one day return and show his family how to make good wine.

After building his fortune in the trucking industry in Canada, he purchased the Chianti Classico property in 1998. The current 119 acres of vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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