We respect our history through sustainable innovation We manage as if we were guardians We preserve value through regeneration We grow by sharing Methodological notes Annex Ruffino: writing wine history 1877 Foundation 1890 Duke of Aosta 1927 Stravecchio 1947 Riserva Ducale Oro The year in which Ruffino was established. Cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino dream of bringing the “ideal wine” to tables worldwide The winery was founded in Pontassieve, near Florence, where the headquarters are still located today. The first bottle of “Riserva Ducale” is produced, named for the Duke of Aosta, a royal connoisseur of Chianti Ruffino (at the time, it was called “Chianti Stravecchio”). The label designed in his honour still features on bottles of Riserva Ducale today. 16 Ruffino is appointed official supplier to the Duke of Aosta and the Italian royal family The Duke visits Pontassieve and chooses his personal Chianti Riserva. Giuseppe Verdi is another Ruffino wine enthusiast: one of his letters is kept at the Ruffino headquarters. The first bottle of Riserva Ducale Oro is produced to celebrate an exceptional vintage, which is now one of Ruffino’s most iconic wines and belongs to the Gran Selezione category, only made in the best years.