San Felice has a long history, but we will concentrate on the recent past, beginning with the Sixties, an
extraordinary and revolutionary period for Tuscan viticulture. San Felice as we know it today was born then, a large estate in the southern half of Chianti Classico. It belonged to RAS, one of Italy's leading insurance companies, which put an inspired team at the helm, people who looked far beyond standard
company strategies and had a major impact on the entire region.
San Felice anticipated many of the crucial viticultural developments that have recently taken place in Tuscany. A few examples: 1968 saw the introduction of Vigorello, the first Supertuscan, which spearheaded the so-called Renaissance of Tuscan wine. In 1974, with the first nucleus of what was destined to become the Vitiarium, San Felice began to systematically collect autochthonous varietals, at a time when the concept of autochthonous varietal was virtually unknown. 1978 was the first vintage of Poggio Rosso, a cru of Sangiovese and Colorino born of a selezione massale, the propagation of the estate's best Sangiovese and Colorino vines. And so on, until the introduction of Pugnitello, a fruit of the study of traditional varietals that began 20 years ago, in 2003.
San Felice has quietly followed a revolutionary path, communicating in an uncommon way, that of a farm whose strength is the cultivation of the land: With pride, study, rigor, and flashes of intuition.