Fattoria Nittardi, Peter Femfert & Carlo Ferrini

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico



Nittardi is a family owned boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The Nittardi Estate was originally a defensive tower known as early as the 12th century by the name of “Nectar Dei“ (The Nectar of the God). In the 16th century the vast property belonged to the renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti who in 1549 wrote to his nephew Lionardo: “I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts,” and on that occasion sent the Nittardi wine to Rome as a “genuine gift to the Pope”. As homage to Michelangelo, the unique combination of art and wine is still cultivated today at Nittardi. Every year an internationally known artist paints two different art works, one for the label and one for the wrapping paper used for Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico. The artist series, started in 1981, includes works by internationally renowned artists such as Dario Fo, Günter Grass, Hundertwasser and Yoko Ono. Over the centuries the property changed hands often until it was taken over in 1981 by Frankfurt publisher and art gallery owner Peter Femfert and his wife Stefania Canali, a historian from Venice. Stefania and Peter reconstructed Nittardi step by step. The vineyards were replanted and in 1992 the ancient vatroom was replaced by a modern cellar. A competent team of enthusiasts was set up, consisting of Carlo Ferrini, consultant enologist, Antonio Spurio, chief agronomist and Giorgio Conte, commercial director. In 1999 a splendid estate was purchased in Maremma, close to the coast in southern Tuscany. Until today 20 hectares had been planted with local and international grapes there.  The wines of Nittardi win important awards and ratings every year, such as Three Glasses by Gambero Rosso, Five Bottles by Vini d'Italia, 5 Stars Awards by Decanter, 90+ (max. 95) points by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate and James Suckling. Today Nittardi produces six different wines: Three different Chianti Classico and three wines from Maremma.


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Vermentino I.G.T. Toscana "BEN" Vermentino 16 years (1999) Granite/schist Organic, certified 2016
Ad Astra I.G.T. Maremma Toscana Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc 16 years (1999) Granite/schist Organic, certified 2016
Chianti Classico Belcanto D.O.C.G. 90% Sangiovese, 10% other local grape varietals 47 and 26 years (1968 and 1989) Alberese and Galestro (schist) Organic, certified 2016
Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Artist Label Sangiovese 10 years (2005) Alberese and Galestro (schist) Organic, certified 2016
Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Riserva Selezionata 95% Sangiovese/ 5% Merlot   20 years (1995) Alberese and Galestro (schist) Organic, certified 2016
Nectar Dei I.G.T. Maremma Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah 16 years (1999) Granite/schist Organic, certified 2016