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Our Story
A Rich History

Our Story

Today, more than 140 years after its founding, Ruffino continues to express the history ande heritage of Italy with every bottle of wine released.

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A Rich History

In 1877 when cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino embraced their passion for winemaking by establishing a small winery in the town of Pontassieve near Florence, the region already had a centuries-old tradition of growing exceptional wine grapes.

Even so, the two Tuscan natives felt certain that much of the area's greatness had yet to be revealed. Tuscany had been heaped with good fortune-mineral-laden soils, the cooling influence of the Mediterranean Sea, the dry summers that wine grapes favor. And all those luscious, sun-drenched hills.

An Ideal Wine

As word grew about the quality of Ruffino's wines, the winery flourished. The cousins honed their expertise, and soon Ruffino became known for clean, balanced wines, adopting the motto “here we make ideal wine.”.

Ruffino's status was firmly establised both nationally and internationally when its Chanti won a Gold Medal at the 1881 Milan Wine Exhibition, a prise at the 1884 Nice Exhibition, and another Gold Medal at the 1885 Antwerp Exhibition.

Intrigued by the winery‘s reputation, in 1890, the Duke of Arosta braved a long journey to taste the Ruffino wines he had heard so much about. He was so impressed by the wines that he appointed Ruffino as the official subblier to the Italian royal family.

In 1927, Ruffino returned some of the honor bestowed upon its wines by releasing its first vintage of Riserva Ducale—named after the Duke of Aosta as an acknowledgement of his esteemed patronage.

The reputation of Ruffino wines continued to spread, and Ruffino soon began to exort its wines to the United States and other countries. In fact, the first Chianti imported to the U.S. was Ruffino.

An Icon of Tuscany

After the Second World War, Ruffino purchased the first of its Tuscan estates, the Villa di Montemasso in the Chianti Classico region. Ruffino continued to invest in new vineyards and became one of the first major wineries with vineyard estates in Italy‘s three most renowned wine-producing regions - Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Ruffino has established itself as a leader in Chianti, renowned for consistency and quality, and Ruffino Chianti has become a global ambassador of Tuscan wines around the world. Not surprisingly, when Chianti first became recognized as a DOCG wine in 1984, Ruffino Chianti DOCG was awarded the first warranty strip #AAA00000001.

Today

Today, more than 140 years after its founding and over 90 years after the release of Riserva Ducale, Ruffino continues to express the history and heritage of Italy with every bottle of wine released.

Today

Timeline

Explore Ruffino's 140 years of history, culture and Italian winemaking.

1877
1881
1890
1894
1904
1927
1942
1947
1960
1975
1984
1997
2010
2015
1877

1877

Winery founded by Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino

1881

1881

Ruffino Chianti is awarded a Gold medal in Milan

1890

1890

Ruffino appointed the official wine supplier to the Duke of Aosta and the Italian royal court. Famed composer Verdi also becomes a devotee

1894

1894

Ruffino Chianti is awarded a Gold medal in Bordeaux

1904

1904

Ruffino Chianti wins a Grand Prize Award in the US at a St. Louis wine competition

1927

1927

First release of Ruffino Riserva Ducale (formerly called Chianti Stravecchio), which means ‘Reserved for the Duke,’ in appreciation of the Duke of Aosta’s patronage

1942

1942

Ruffino purchased its first Tuscan estate, Villa di Montemasso

1947

1947

First vintage of Riserva Ducale Oro

1960

1960

Ruffino exporting to more than 100 countries worldwide

1975

1975

Ruffino revitalized the image of Chianti with a Florentine bottle to replace the traditional, straw-covered flask

1984

1984

Chianti becomes a DOCG wine, and Ruffino Chianti DOCG is awarded the first warranty strip #AAA00000001

1997

1997

Ruffino’s Super Tuscan Modus first produced

2010

2010

Ruffino's 2007 Modus is named one of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines

2015

2015

Riserva Ducale Oro is awarded Chianti Classico Gran Selezione status

Our Estates

Our Estates

The secret to producing the best Tuscan wines means access to the best vineyards. With this philosophy in mind, Ruffino has a collection of estates in Tuscany‘s most important wine appellations.

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Winemaking Philosophy

Winemaking Philosophy

Ruffino wines reveal themselves without coaking or manipulation. This is the essence of our traditional approach to making wine.

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Our People

Our People

Meet our winemaker, Gabriele Tacconi, and our global ambassador, Beppe D‘Andrea.

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