The I Sodi
farm was purchased by the Casini family in 1973.
Ivo, father of the three brothers who currently own the farm,
Giancarlo, Danilo e Franco, was a native of the nearby village of
Monti. Being profoundly knowledgeable about the area and its
particular characteristics, he had been thinking for some time about
buying I Sodi, a property owned by the Arezzo
Archbishop's administration which had lain abandoned for many years.
His dream, together with that of the three brothers, was to become
independent producers of top-quality wine in addition to selling wine,
a family tradition now in its second generation. This desire to become
wine producers was the impulse which inspired the purchase of the farm
and the start of work to restore it.
I Sodi in 1978
I Sodi in 1973
The choice of this location turned out to be a very fortuitous one,
given its perfect exposure to the sun, for the vineyards are
sun-kissed from dawn to dusk. The softly inclined hills create no
disadvantaged areas and the land enjoys an ideal micro-climate for
grapes, where the sheltered hills are the north-east balance the
gentle downward slope towards south-east, practically eliminating the
risk of late frosts while at the same time creating a daytime/nighttime
change in temperature perfectly suited to the preservation of the
The land is comprised of an excellent stoney soil skeleton combined
with a wide presence of small veins of water close to the surface
which, even in the driest periods, manage very well to relieve the
stress caused by the heat.
The restoration work began with the planting, over the course of four
years, of nine hectares of vineyards and three hectares of olive
groves. The farm's first wine was bottled in 1978; that was also the
year in which work began to on the cellars, starting with the
renovation of the old rooms which already began dedicated to that
purpose, as well as the preparation of other rooms. In 1982 work began
on an new and more spacious building dedicated exclusively to the
bottling and stocking of the finished product.
Between 1995 and 1996 all of the barrels of the cellar were replaced
in order to further improve the quality of the the wine, continuing
the practice of using the “big” barrels (40 hectoliters), which had
always been traditionally employed in this area. Over the last few
years, we have also begun to age small quantities of wine in oak kegs
with a smaller capacity.
Ivo Casini, the founder (1973)
Ivo Casini, the founder (1975)
Beginning in the year 2000, our family began a collaboration with the
oenologists Franco Bernabei and his son Marco, with the help of whom
we are attempting to continually better the quality of our wine, while
fully respecting the Chianti area traditions, with special attention
given to the the vines themselves (with first priority given to
Sangiovese and Canaiolo). Also beginning in 2000, we have been working
on the gradual replacement of the older vines with the aim of
improving grape quality. This quality is further sought through the
careful and traditional working of the soil; the rows are frequently
tilled and periodically fertilized mostly with organic products,
reducing other treatments to a bare minimum.
The new cellar wine-making was finished in 2007 year, freeing up a
room in the older stone buildings for the aging in wood of the wine.