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Consisting exclusively of Sangiovese (100%), it is an autochthonous single grape wine, which fully incorporates the Tuscan tradition but which, thanks to its gustatory and olfactory peculiarities, differs markedly from other Sangiovese based wines that are produced in Tuscany, and probably within the “Montecucco DOC” denomination itself.

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It is the pride and joy of the winery, that distinctive and characteristic element that links us deeply and firmly to the territory, and that reflects the uniqueness of Tuscan Maremma. In fact the heart of PIU’ TANTO is Pugnitello (100%), an ancient autochthonous grape variety found in Maremma, that was rediscovered a few years ago by the University of Florence. Read more

We are our company and our company is the wines we produce. It was therefore necessary to blend our wines to describe it and tell it briefly.
Tondaia sums up our company, so much so that we use for it our company name. It’s made up of Pugnitello (70%) and Sangiovese (30%). Read more

3 People

Tenuta Tondaia is a family run business.
My husband and I deal directly with the entire production process, from winemaking to marketing,
while we rely on Francesco’s precious help for the management of the vineyard.

3 Varieties of grape


With ancient origins, it is the most important red grape of central Italy. In Tuscany, Sangiovese is the main grape of the most important appellations, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino… and our Montecucco. Sangiovese gives wines with highly variable attributes depending on the area (terroir) where it is grown. The wines obtained from Sangiovese are generally characterized by a good level of tannins and acidity, leading to better results in poor, clay-limestone and stony soils. The maturation is often late, with extremely variable grape productions depending on the soil fertility. Making wine from Sangiovese is complicated but fascinating at the same time.

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The rediscovery of an ancient grape…
I and a few other wine producers are trying to revive old grape varieties. Pugnitello is one example. It has been discovered about 20 years ago in Maremma with the collaboration of the University of Florence and has been classified as “autochthonous variety.” The study of DNA has proved its originality compared to varieties already known. The name Pugnitello, that means small fist, comes from the small size of the bunches. These have medium-small size berries, with very dark color and bluish-purple shades. The peculiarity of this vines is the adaptation to the dry and arid climate of the Tuscan Maremma. It gives a must rich in extract and tannins suitable for the production of wines for aging.

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Trebbiano is the term used to identify a family of vines, perhaps the largest and most diverse among those known. It seems that the origin of the Trebbiano is ancient: Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia mentions a “vinum trebulanum”.
Trebbiano Toscano has great vigor and late ripening period. This vine is well adapted to poor (low fertility) soils, with no drought.
Its productivity is abundant and regular. It gives straw-yellow wines, often with a bouquet with low intensity, not much characterized to the palate, but fresh for their acidity.
It is our new challenge and we are convinced of being able to obtain a pleasant wine and with a recognizable character.

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600 sqm of cellar

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Finally in 2015 the first harvest inside the new, beautiful, bright, well equipped and most of all big, cellar!!!
The jump has been huge: we went from a small 45 square meter first cellar, where every operation was really complicated, to a 600 square meter new structure, where we can work in large spaces with significant technological improvements, like the temperature conditioning system for the tanks, the automatic pumping over system and the inertization with nitrogen gas.

The structure consists of a ground floor room containing steel fermentation tanks. In the basement there are the aging room with Tuscan wooden casks, French barrels and cement tanks, a bottle storage room and finally a room for bottling.
A tasting room on the first floor, with panoramic views of the winemaking room and of the enchanting landscape of Maremma completes the new cellar..


6.5 hectares of vineyards


Hilly position and orientation of the rows North-East/South-West
SANGIOVESE: 2.6 hectares
PUGNITELLO: 1 hectare


Flat position and orientation of the rows North-East/South West
SANGIOVESE: 0.5 hectares


Steep position on a south exposed ground. Orientation of the rows North-East/South-West
SANGIOVESE: 1.1 hectares
PUGNITELLO: 1 hectare


Steep position on a south exposed ground. Orientation of the rows North East/South West

Vigneto ok


Altitude: 270 meters above sea level
Soil: loam, very rich in skeleton, slightly calcareous in some areas
Vine spacing: 2.5m X 0.8m with a density of 5000 vines per hectare
Trellis training system:
     Sangiovese: spur pruned cordon
     Pugnitello e Trebbiano: Guyot
Polyclonal vineyards to preserve the biodiversity.


2005: 2 hectares of Sangiovese
2006: hectare of Sangiovese and 1 hectare of Pugnitello
2015: 1.2 hectares of Sangiovese, 1 hectare of Pugnitello and 0.3 hectares of Trebbiano 


4.2 hectares of Sangiovese
2 hectares of Pugnitello
0.3 hectares of Trebbiano Toscano