consistency of the tradition
Bibbiano is owned by the brothers Tommaso and Federico Marrocchesi Marzi. It is one of the oldest estates in the Chianti Classico belonging to the same family.
Our philosophy is based on responsibility and consistency. Responsibility for what we do for the earth, for the area and for the unique wines; consistency in following one’s vocation, respecting the nature of the territory and family traditions.
We deeply share the principles and methods of organic farming: in Bibbiano – already by the end of the 1980s – only products with low environmental impact and organic fertilisers have been used because the most important result is harmony with nature, which must be treated with particular care and caution.
The estate also boasts a long-standing partnership with the University of Florence: thanks to their studies it was possible to identify land with the best soil characteristics, exposure and height difference index and currently the clones of the historical Sangiovese Grosso vines are being registered. In this way nature gives us its best.
For the production of our wines we do not use international varieties of grapes that tend to eliminate their individuality. Our farm grows Sangiovese, an autochthonous grape from Tuscany, and other strictly indigenous varieties.
Since 1948 Bibbiano has been a member of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico that brings together producers from the Chianti Classico area. From 1942 to 2004 our family worked closely with Giulio Gambelli, a great winemaker of the 1900s and a great connoisseur of Tuscan wines. Today we work with a winemaker with profound experience and knowledge: Maurizio Castelli.
We often imagined taking a trip back in time and observing Bibbiano at the start of the family adventure in 1865. Since then many things have changed and the estate has been affected by the changes caused by the advent of technology and the end of an agriculture based on “sharecropping”.
Some things – however – have not changed, for example the woods, the farms, the roads and the borders of Bibbiano are the same as those of that year, and the grapevine and the olive tree, together with cereals, are the basis of our economy today just as then. Some elements of the past have survived the enormous changes that have taken place over the last century and have been passed down to us intact: this cultural and spiritual heritage makes us feel more than ever committed to the convictions that are the principles of our daily work.
Our principal values.
We respect the laws of nature.
Respect for nature and veneration for its wisdom: these are the principal values of Bibbiano. We want to produce our wines following only the laws of nature.
Respect for nature allows us to fully harness its best work.
Our land and our grapes are the best rewards for respecting nature and understanding its mechanisms.
The fierce struggle for quantity at the expense of quality is now a thing of the past.
For us the biological approach is not a business strategy but rather the unchangeable rule of our life.
In Bibbiano we believe that success can only be guaranteed by harmony with nature: the soil of our vineyards has never been treated with heavy chemicals, for decades the estate has only applied organic methods and, for some years now, over 70% of our energy requirements comes from a photovoltaic system.
The family has lived on this land for over 150 years and its experience shows that “nature does not tolerate violence against it but is willing to generously reward those who treat it with profound respect”.
One of these rewards are the grape clones, unique of their kind, which we have been able to preserve from the original vines of the estate thanks to the collaboration with the University of Florence. A considerable part of the work has already been carried out by nature itself, human beings must only find and preserve its best works, and in Bibbiano they know how to do this.
We enhance the genius loci of Bibbiano.
We will always make only that wine that carries all the distinctive traits of the Bibbiano area and that gives birth to love and admiration.
Bibbiano wines are the organoleptic expression of the uniqueness of the place where they are created.
The intense development of civilisation often has side effects. Probably all of us are aware that there is a global wine production that does not bring out the territorial, ampelographic and style differences.
The traditions of Bibbiano have nothing to do with this approach: we are absolutely convinced that our wine must reflect the soul of the geographical area where it was born.
Chianti Classico producers have always cultivated mostly local varieties of vines, first and foremost Sangiovese, as well as Colorino, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo and other iconic varieties of the area obtained with natural cross-breeding. Following a long evolutionary process, these vine varieties have become part of the local ecosystem since nature itself has brought them to the forefront.
Bibbiano is a territory of authenticity, where not only the centuries-old quality standards of the grapes are respected, but only local wine-making methods of Chianti Classico are used. By now the estate’s winemakers have abandoned those few non-traditional practices for the area, for example having long ago renounced the ageing of the wine in wooden barrels.
We respect family values.
We make wine in the same way our ancestors did in the nineteenth century, as did Pier Tommaso Marzi alongside an eminent winemaker, a great Tuscan: Giulio Gambelli.
Family traditions, handed down from father to son, have ensured that Bibbiano wine has become a cultural heritage.
Human values make it possible to build successful promotional campaigns, but very often many only pay lip service to traditions: well-known brands have long since been acquired by multinationals, while modern technologies are now part of the production process. The history of Bibbiano is not part of this scenario.
The family has owned the business since 21st March 1865. It is one of the oldest properties of the Sienese Chianti Classico, managed in their long history by the same family line: there are not many families in the area that can match this record.
The wine traditions of Bibbiano have been handed down from generation to generation. Respect for their ancestors, so typical of Italians, and deep love for their children have made it possible to obtain the most important result: today in Bibbiano wine is produced as it was many decades ago.
Tommaso and Federico Marrocchesi Marzi are in effect direct heirs of Pier Tommaso Marzi who experimented with different wine making technologies in collaboration with Giulio Gambelli. Bibbiano wine could be called, without any exaggeration, a cultural heritage to be preserved. And this is one of the tasks of the current generation.