San Leonardo’s history dates back 1500 years, with the return of prisoners from Trentino, who erected a chapel in honor of the patron saint of prisoners, Saint Leonard. Today, the ancient monastery hospice, which once gave shelter to the destitute, is now the cellar where the wines mature in barrels. The estate has witnessed many historical events, including acting as headquarters in both world wars. Present owners the Guerrieri Gonzaga family have taken advantage of the terroir to create Bordeaux-inspired blended wines, under the guidance of master winemaker Carlo Ferrini and consultant winemaker Giacomo Tachis, considered to be a genuine maestro of Italian winemaking through his creation of some of Tuscany’s most influential wines since the 1970s. This talented pair ensures calculated ageing 6 months in large format Slavonian oak, then 24 months in small French oak barrels and masterful blending of each varietal, followed by a year of bottle ageing. The results are consistently spectacular.