The winery is located in the municipality of Greve in the heart of the Chianti region (province of Florence) in the Italian region of Tuscany. The name (beautiful oak) derives from the oak forests that grow lushly here, which also provide protection from cross-contamination by conventional farms. The winery was founded in 1974 by industrialist Giuseppe (Pepito) Castiglioni through the purchase of a vineyard with one hectare of vines. He set himself the goal of producing top wines "that could stand alongside the best in the world". In 1988, his son Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni changed the cultivation first to certified organic and in 2000 to biodynamic viticulture with no use of pesticides (such as herbicides and fungicides) or other synthetic chemicals. As no animal products are used during the production cycle from vineyard to bottle, the wines are certified vegan.
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