Podere Giocoli
Tuscany, Italy

Marco Cannoni began working in his family vineyard at the age of twelve by driving his grandfather's tractor. At that time, they were not yet marketing their wine, drinking some and selling the rest in bulk. It was not until 2005 that Marco finally bottled his first vintage under his own label: Podere Giocoli.

The vineyard extends over seven hectares at the foot of Meadow Magno Hill in Terranova Bracciolini, Tuscany. He cultivates Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino del Valdarno, Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera, Pugnitello, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia Lungua del Chianti and Trebbianno. The family lands have, fortunately, never seen the use of chemical products and produce great Chianti and Chianti Superiore. The harvests are all of course, done manually.

His passion for organic farming is remarkable in his vineyards, but also in his huge kitchen garden overflowing with tomatoes, Tuscan peppers and other organic vegetables.

In the cellar, only indigenous yeasts are used and the vinification is done naturally. Only minimal quantities of sulfites is permitted when bottling.

The view of the vineyard is grandiose, so much so that one of its parcels, that of 100 Staja, is now famous around the world, appearing in the background of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. Indeed, the Calanchi, (the kind of rock formed by the erosion via rain for millions of years) was one of da Vinci’s preferred places to paint. It is also present in several other masterpieces of the famous painter.