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Bibi's father Gidon Graetz is an Israeli-born metal sculptor. His public works scattered across the globe, and exhibited in Europe and America. Gidon settled his young family in a medieval castle overlooking Florence from the northeast, in the hills of Fiesole. Filled with art and surrounded by vineyards, this castle was Bibi's childhood. A gifted young painter who's growing passion for wine ultimately became his vocation. In the late '90s Bibi refused to sell family grapes off, so began his winemaking journey. He too is now well known in both Europe and America, and beyond.
Bibi is a believer in old vines – few focus on the wisdom of old vines these days in Tuscany. Bibi seeks out old vine parcels all over Tuscany with holding including La Rufina, Panzano and further away on the Islands of Elba and Giglio, where Bibi has an 80 year old parcel producing a white wine. While most wineries have uprooted old vines and replanted with higher density with new clones, Bibi disagrees. His split with modern practices widens – employing indigenous yeasts, using minimal sulfur, and very little new oak, natural and sustainable viticulture – resulting in wines that harken to another time.
Testamatta is made primarily from a small plot of 60-year-old vines near Bibi's tiny winery next to the family's castle and pure Sangiovese. Some have compared Bibi's Testamatta to Grand Cru Burgundy, wine of finesse and nuance with complex aromatics. 2015 is a exceptional vintage in Tuscany, so no surprise that Testamatta is at its finest and certainly a great time to get acquainted if you have not tasted Bibi's wines. Testamattta is a most personal, iconoclastic, magical expression that should be experienced. Note the label is Bibi – recall he is a great artist, too.