The Santedame Estate, located near the town of Castellina in Chianti, was one of the first to join the Tuscan Estates of Ruffino. Over the years this estate has not only shown an extraordinary vocation for the production of great red wines, it is also a place of rare charm and beauty.
Ruffino chose Santedame for the production of a Chianti Classico which could successfully express the quality potential of this territory and in 1988 the Santedame Chianti Classico was produced for the first time. It is Ruffino's only single estate Chianti Classico.
The Sangiovese vineyards which were found on the estate in 1988, at the moment of the purchase, dated back to the seventies. They presented a very modern cultivation system with a planting density of 4000 vines per hectare - something quite rare for the time. For this reason it was possible for Ruffino to start the production of the Santedame Chianti Calssico right away.
Anyway, the best part of the vineyards has been replanted during the nineties according to the indications which comparative studies on soil and microclimate had shown ideal for the Santedame Estate.