This property has become one of Tuscany’s most talked about estates in the past few years. The vibrancy and intensity of the fruit that Luca Sanjust is now getting in his wines has brought them to the attention of a wider group of people, something they have long deserved. Luca’s 100% Merlot, Galatrona, is highly sought after in Italy,and one taste of this massive wine will show why.
Petrolo is situated in the area known as the Colli Aretini, bordering on the Chianti Hills, a historical area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici as one of Tuscany’s top four wine producing zones. The Petrolo estate was part of the old medieval fiefdom of ’Galatrona’, the old tower (‘Torrione’) of which still remains on top of Roman foundations. Luca Sanjust has been running the estate since the mid-1980’s, having taken over from his mother, Lucia Bazzocchi, whose family bought it in the 1940’s.
Today the property covers 272 hectares of which 31 are vineyards, situated between 250-450 metres above sea level. There are 19 Ha of olive groves planted with 4500 olive trees and the rest of the estate is arable land and woods. The varieties of olive they cultivate are Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo and these are planted on north and northeast facing hills. These cooler sites result in greener olives at harvest, something that in turn gives greener, spicier oil. All Petrolo’s olive groves are organically cultivated.
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