Bibi Graetz is considered one of the most talented winemakers in Tuscany. His father is Israeli and his mother Norwegian, but he was born and raised in Florence and therefore feels like a real Florentine. With his Norwegian wife and 4 children, he lives in part of the beautiful old Castello di Vincigliata near Fiesole. From this place you can see the vineyards directly around the castle, but also a wide panorama of the city of Florence. This view is the personification of Bibi: urban Florentine and Tuscan farm worker in one.
Although Bibi is a graduate of Florence art school, it attracted rural life as a winegrower. He started making wine in 2000, on the few acres of family property surrounding the castle. His "claim to fame" soon followed when his Testamatta 2006 out of nowhere received 98 points from WineSpectator. He works in a recognizable and consistent style: fine flavors as a result of only local grape varieties and very careful use of wood. Fermentation takes place in open vats with native yeast cells and the "punch-down" is done by hand. He wants to produce honest wines that present the terroir. The beautiful images on the labels are painted or designed by Bibi himself.
Bibi loves old vines and goes in search of old vineyards all over Tuscany, the most special of which is the one on the island of Giglio, where the unique ansonica grape grows.