Bibi is a self-taught winemaker, and epitomises wine being an art form as he is also a passionate artist with his paintings adorning all the labels of the wine that he produces. Bibi lives and works in his childhood home, Castello di Vincigliata, a Tuscan castle looking down on Firenze.
Unlike a lot of Chianti estates which are surrounded by vines, Bibi started out with just two hectares of vines from his parents, which he farmed organically. The rest of his grapes he has gone on to source from growers with exceptional sites and old vines, working alongside them to produce the best quality fruit possible. This assortment of old vines is located all around Chianti Classico, including 37 acres of vineyards at his property in Fiesole, where he works with his cellar master, Luigi Temperini.
“Bibi Graetz has been making wine in Tuscany for 13 years. Like a botanist in a remote jungle, searching for that undiscovered gem, Bibi restlessly searches for every possible unexplored patch of old vines in Tuscany. Bibi's flagship wine Testamatta is a blend of old vineyards he acquired around Tuscany and newer vines from his property in Fiesole, Florence.”James Suckling
Bibi’s wines unceremoniously gatecrashed the Tuscan wine scene when he launched his first vintage of Testamatta in 2000. This was the birth of one of Italy’s great cult wines, along with his Colore, which are both among the country’s most collectable bottles. These notorious wines have won over fans around the world with their flavour, complexity and elegance.
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