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Blanc, while the historic white grapes, Malvasia del Chianti and Trebbiano Toscano are dedicated exclusively to Vinsanto.

The San Felice method is, therefore, the systematic study of subjects chosen by the heart, of belonging to a land, and of recognizing one's self in it. The results have been anything but nostalgic

reminiscences, rather results that are exceptional from the scientific and productive standpoints, and allowed the development of wines that were revolutionary when introduced: Vigorello, Poggio Rosso

and Pugnitello.

The Centro Studi Enzo Morganti

One can easily imagine the quantity of material, data, and studies that has accumulated in more than thirty years of research. Briefly, the work ranges from clonal selection to pruning systems, from

germplasm to the observation of vines on native rootstocks. And then there are the minutes of the many scientific meetings San Felice has hosted, the material related to the theses presented within the

framework of the Chianti Classico 2000 project, and the conclusions of wine tastings (the comparison between Chianti Classico and Bordeaux was especially memorable). In short, a treasure trove of precious information, now gathered in a Research Center dedicated to Enzo Morganti.

New, important lines of research will further enrich the Center: Agricola San Felice has recently reached an agreement with the University of Milano, and is planning a regional pruning school. In

addition, San Felice continues to work with the University of Florence on three other projects, one regarding the evaluation of autochthonous varietals, another leaf canopies, and a third the impact of

the environment upon grape vines.

Not Just Science

The world of San Felice is not limited to wine and research. Quite the contrary; tourism, which plays a vital role in the economy of the region, has become steadily more important over the years; visitors are

especially attracted to intriguing places where they best experience the atmosphere of the region. In 1990 San Felice become involved with luxury accommodations, transforming part of the hamlet of San

Felice into a charming hotel that immediately became part of the Relais & Châteaux chain. And thus

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