The Story Behind the Label: Grifi


A griffon (in Italian, grifo, with the plural being grifi, pronounced gree-fee) is the emblem of Montepulciano and a legendary creature with the body, tail, and hind legs of a lion, and the head, talons and wings of an eagle. By drawing on the lion as king of the beasts and the eagle as king of the birds, the griffon represents an especially powerful and majestic hybrid creature. Like the mythical animal, Grifi wine combines two eminent varietals: Sangiovese, king of Montepulciano, and Cabernet Sauvignon, king of Medoc (which is perfectly at home in the Tuscan terroir). After a long silence of 14 years, Avignonesi has decided to reintroduce the legendary Grifi wine with the 2010 vintage: long live Grifi!