Cortona: La Selva

Divided into seven parcels, this vineyard produces grapes for 50 & 50, Grifi, Desiderio, Cantaloro and Il Marzocco. La Selva currently has 34.35 hectares under cultivation with another 16 waiting to be replanted.

It has an elevation of 300m above sea level. The soil is Pleistocene sedimentation with a strong fluvial clay origin and layers of low lime content sand with an alkaline pH.

This vineyard is composed of the following 7 parcels:

Selva Nuova                                              
Selva Vecchia                                                    
Pian dell'Oca

Click on the single parcels, highlighted in different colours on the map below, for more information.

The Vineyard site

Wines and grapes from this vineyard

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Read more

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon is celebrated around the world for its ability to produce flavourful wines wherever it is planted. It is also an ideal blending partner for Sangiovese, and has therefore found its natural home in Tuscany. We cultivate Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards of La Selva, Le Badelle, La Banditella and I Poggetti. With age, its typical flavour of blackcurrant can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather and cigar, and its tannic edge may also soften. Back to overview >
  • Merlot Read more


    Merlot is a grape that is found in some of the world’s most popular red wines, including some of the most renowned Bordeaux blends. It has a smooth, minty, lush fruit flavour, suggestive of currants, black cherries, plums, violets, rose, caramel, cloves, bay leaves and green peppercorns. We grow Merlot grapes in the Cortona area which brings forward a full-bodied, sensual character of this variety, that we use in 2 of our premium wines, Desiderio Cortona DOC and 50&50 Toscana IGT, as well as in the young Cantaloro Toscana IGT. Back to overview >
  • Chardonnay Read more


    Chardonnay grapes originally came from Burgundy, but are now grown all over the world. They are used in Champagne, as well as in fresh and more structured, barrel fermented white wines. Chardonnay’s appealing aroma is often easier to recognise than to describe, although its outstanding sugar/acid balance gives it a full body and easy smoothness. Chardonnay often features notes of apples, lemons, peaches, hawthorn or topical fruits. Cortona’s warm, typically Mediterranean climate makes it perfect for the production of elegant, barrel fermented Chardonnay with lots of personality. Back to overview >