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The Petrolo Estate is situated among the hills of the Chianti Colli Aretini, an area bordering the south-eastern part of Chianti Classico, but has chosen to classify its wines as IGT Toscana. Acquired by the Bazzocchi family in 1947, it is currently owned by Lucia Bazzocchi Sanjust and managed by her son, Luca.
Petrolo covers 272 hectares of which 31 hectares are vineyards, planted between 250 and 450 meters above sea level, on moderately loose-packed soil composed of rocky stratifications of clay stone, shale and limestone. The idea at the heart of the Sanjust family's philosophy is to produce wines at the highest level of quality - not basic wines, but great wines - for which they have achieved much acclaim and renown. Hand-harvested and fermented in individual lots using native yeasts, the bulk of production is aged in French barriques, though they do employ the use of large oak casks.
Petrolo produces six dry wines and a Vin Santo, but is best known for the 100% Merlot, Galatrona, and the Cabernet-based Il Torrione.