As we welcome Spring here in Connecticut, we also welcome a new line of premier Italian wines from the IL BORRO Estate of Salvatore Ferragamo. Our very own Julius Angelini and team had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Mr. Ferragamo upon a recent visit to the United States.
A little history behind the Il Borro estate first:
“Established more than one thousand years ago, Il Borro has ancient and mysterious origins, now lost in the mists of time. Perhaps the Etruscans founded the settlement, but there is no concrete evidence to support this thesis. What is certain is that Il Borro was a lookout point on the Roman road Cassia, and that they built a fort there, presumably due to its strategic location.
Records show that the Mascagni family owned the castle until 1254, when Marchese Borro Borri, a Milanese nobleman, bought the property. He later became the Mayor of Arezzo. By 1512, the property had passed through his family to Girolamo del Borro, philosopher and scientist, and lover of oriental culture. But it was under the patronage of his son Alessandro, that the Il Borro we know today was established. Alessandro dal Borro, visionary and an important figure in Tuscan politics, is the true “father” of Il Borro.
The Il Borro family eventually sold the domain and were succeeded by some of the most famous and revered families in Europe: the Medici of Florence, Tornaquinci, the Torriani of Milan, the house of Waldemburg Hohenlohe, and since 1904, the Savoy dynasty. Finally in 1993, and having visited the property many times, Ferruccio Ferragamo bought Il Borro, determined to restore the estate to its former glory.” (excerpt from Il Borro website)
Since early 1600, Il Borro has been home to the cultivation of chianti grapes. In 1993 the Ferragamo family purchased the land, in 1997 the first new grapes were planted and by 2003 the very first vintages of Il Borro wines were available for purchase.
Today we are very proud introduce the entire IL BORRO line of fine Italian wines to our portfolio at Angelini Wine:
2012 Lamelle IGT Toscana Bianco Suggested Retail $22.99
2009 IL BORRO Polissena IGT Suggested Retail $37.99
2012 IL BORRO Pian di Nova IGT Suggested Retail $27.99
2011 IL BORRO IGT Toscana “Super Tuscan” Suggested Retail $49.99
If you can’t make it to Tuscany any time soon, sample a taste of the #ilborroexperience here:
Stop in your local retailer or favorite restaurant, treat yourself to a bottle of outstanding wine and taste the Ferragamo “emphasis on excellence” from IL BORRO.
Stay tuned for upcoming #ilborroexperience events in Connecticut.