Estate: Le Rote
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Winemaker: Massimo & Lara Scotti
|Massimo & Lara Scotti.
|Le Rote has been part of the Small Vineyards family since 2007.|
Lara and Massimo Scotti are an extremely beautiful Italian couple whose quality wines are equally striking. Along with their three boys, Cosimo, Giovanni, and Pietro, they also run a charming agriturismo, in a 19th century villa, located just one and a half kilometers from the famous towers of San Gimignano. The site was originally the family’s summer home, and Massimo recalls spending languid days there as a child.
Vernaccia is one of Italia’s most historic white wines (the first to be elevated to DOC), and San Gimignano’s mainstay, so half of all production is devoted to this classic varietal. The other focus, uniquely, is Sangiovese. Because of the high global demand for Vernaccia, very few producers in the area still devote any land at all to red varietals. The Scottis, however, have accurately assessed that their terroir and microclimate rival that of nearby Chianti Classico, and in recent years it has become their goal to produce the best red ever made in an area esteemed only for its whites. One taste of their Chianti Colli Senesi, and you know their goal is within reach.
Our Family of Winemakers
Wine itself is wonderful, but the stories of the families and artisans who make it are equally important. Who does not want to know more about the composer, painter, singer, or writer? This is why you will find a photo of the winemaker and the story of the estate on every bottle-connecting those who make the wine with those who enjoy it.