Tenuta di Trinoro

The story of Tenuta di Trinoro is that of a terroir-inspired visionary, who defied convention to follow his instinct, at great avail to the vinous community. From a 22 hectare estate in Val d’Orcia, Southern Tuscany, Andrea Franchetti is responsible for producing some of the greatest examples of Bordeaux blends to come out of Italy.

Innovation, creativity, and expression are at the core of Tenuta di Trinoro and Andrea's winemaking philosophy, much of which stemmed from the vision and culture of his family. From an early age, he was inspired by his uncle, the great artist Cy Twombly, as well as the great winemaking traditions of his extended family, the Rothschild's. Wine had long been Andrea's passion, and prior to winemaking he had established his own import business in the US, supplying top-quality Italian wine to New York’s restaurant scene. But after years of traveling and working with hospitality, Franchetti decided to leave metropolitan life behind and return to Italy to embark on a career in wine production.

Tenuta di Trinoro was founded in 1991 on a trip to Val d’Orcia. An area with no previous viticultural history. Struck by the dry air and blinding light, Andrea came across a rundown old farmhouse, with no road access, surrounded by woodland. Not one to shy from a challenge or to follow trends, he was determined that it would be here that he would start from scratch, to establish a vineyard from nothing, in an area unbeknown to most, using Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot).

In 1997 after years of experimentation, the first vintage of Tenuta di Trinoro was born and immediately caught the eye of national and international critics. Le Cupole is a wine of remarkable renown. Through quality focussed, terroir-driven winemaking, Tenuta di Trinoro produce complex wines, which show power and concentration. Sadly Andrea is no longer with us but his legacy lives on through the estate. 

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“This is a stunning wine and one of the best in this report covering the icons of Tuscany. The Trinoro is profoundly deep and pure with a solid core of black fruit that is framed by an elegant contour of spice, tobacco, smoke and crushed stone. To the palate, the wine is long and the finish can be counted in minutes, but the entire experience is beautifully streamlined and velvety.” 100 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (October 2021)

(Le Cupole 2021) "Good full, bright red. Exotic perfume of flowers, sweet spices, blood orange and red fruits. Sweet, lush and glyceral but at the same time energetic and precise, with captivating floral nuances to the red fruit flavours. Closes with terrific clarity and cut. Given the quality in the bottle, Le Cupole is for me is one of the top three or four best buy wines in Italy.” 94 points, Ian D'Agata, Terroir Sense (April 2024)