Marchesi de’Frescobaldi are one of Italy’s most celebrated wine dynasties dating back 700 years
and 30 generations. Originating in Florence around the year 1300 they were initially part of the
rise of the Florentine banking industry and played an important role in the political and economic
life of Florence. Their influence was such that they funded the English Kings Edward I and II and
were given the title ‘Treasurers to the English Crown’.
The first Frescobaldi wine estate was their Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, south west of
Florence which is recorded in 1300. From the start, the Frescobaldi’s demanded very high
standards for their wines so that they were of the best quality. By the early 1400’s Renaissance
artists Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi were amongst famous clients and in the 1500’s
Frescobaldi wines were served at the Papal Courts and at the tables of King Henry VIII of
Today the Frescobaldi family own 11 estates in Italy including 10 in Tuscany and distribute their
wines in over 65 countries worldwide and what better way to showcase their incredible portfolio than by inviting all their friends and customers to share in their Winemaker’s Dinner at their beautiful restaurant in West London.
We were privileged to join the crowds for a night of revelry and indulgence as we worked our way through a menu of fine dining and special bottles of their finest wine pairings.
Head Chef Roberto Reatini had created a special 4-course menu to complement the fine wines from Frescobaldi’s Attems Estate including: Friulano 2014, Pinot Grigio Ramato 2014, Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Pinot Grigio 2014, Cicinis 2013, Picolit 2011 and a special guest red wine from Luce della Vite; Luce 2012, Toscana i.g.t. “20th anniversary.”
The highlight of the night was of course the famous Luce 2012 and even more so when paired with the beautiful Rack of Lamb with Pea Purée & Dauphinoise Potatoes.
The Winemaker’s Dinners costs just £80 per person and is open to everyone and is very popular amongst their loyal guests due to it’s incredible value. They are held every 3months, with the next one set to be in October (date tbc and will focus on their Castiglioni Estate). It was an absolute treat to get a look behind the curtain and sample some truly beautiful wines. The evening was a perfect night of merriment, brilliantly compared by Frescobaldi, taking those who aren’t quite the connoisseurs through all they need to know about wine.
We certainly feel ready to hop on a plane and tackle the vineyards next!
We The Food Snobs x