The ideal wine
Ambitious, capable and visionary, the Ruffino cousins chose a strategic location for their winery, straddling the rail tracks, the first of its kind in Italy. The site contributed to the company’s well-traveled mindset. Modern and innovative, Ruffino wine quickly became a pioneer, gaining acclaim overseas. Recognition hailed from countries such as France, such as the 1895 Bordeaux Gold Medal, esteem by leading names like Giuseppe Verdi and appreciation among the local community, with which Ruffino immediately showed a natural affinity.
The company changed hands for the first time in 1913, when the Folonari family took over the ownership. Having survived the First World War, thanks to the foresight of the new proprietors, Ruffino wines set sail for America, where they were enjoyed so much that they went on to be sold in drugstores, overcoming Prohibition.
In the 1920s, the history of Ruffino entwined with the history of Chianti. The Consortia of Chianti and Chianti Classico were founded and Ruffino developed its identity around the appellations, laying the foundations for extraordinary growth. The first vintage of Riserva Ducale dates to 1927, named for the Duke of Aosta, who had fallen head over heels with the memorable “Stravecchio” wine in 1890, appointing Ruffino as royal supplier and placing an order.