Libaio is a truly special Tuscan Chardonnay. It benefits from the extraordinary quality potential of the Siena territory as well as the elegant and refined nature of Chardonnay. This wine is produced primarily with grapes grown on the La Solatia Estate, located near the medieval town of Monteriggioni. The name of the wine has been inspired by a small creek found on the estate.
Ruffino was founded in 1877 by two cousins, Ilario and Leopoldo, in order to sell and export Tuscan wines and olive oils. The cousins set up warehousing, cellars, and a distribution center at Pontassieve, a picturesque town 12 miles east of Florence on the Sieve River. Ilario and Leopoldo purchased raw local wines and produced a limited amount themselves. They cellared, finished, bottled, and sold all of these wines under the Ruffino name. They also traveled the country to find finished wines that were suitable for extended aging. Ruffino became known for its mature, clean, balanced wines. Its status was firmly established both nationally and internationally when its chianti won a gold medal at the 1881 Milan Wine Exhibition, a prize at the 1884 Nice Exhibition, and another gold medal at the 1885 Antwerp Exhibition. In 1913, the estate was sold to the Folonari brothers. The Folonaris then reorganized the business, enlarged the Pontassieve facilities, and concentrated on the winery's commercial potential. By 1930, Ruffino was the largest business in Tuscany and the largest family-owned wine business in Italy. Today, more than 135 years after its founding and over 85 years after the release of Riserva Ducale, Ruffino continues to express the history and heritage of Italy with every bottle of wine released. Recent experiments on white international grape varieties cultivated on Tuscan soil have given very encouraging results. Ruffino was one of the first Tuscan wineries to believe in this variety and to launch a Tuscan Chardonnay. This was back in the eighties. At the La Solatia Estate the microclimatic conditions are particularly suited for the production of white wines. Libaio is fermented and refined in stainless steel tanks. It is characterised by a refreshingly fragrant impact and it is pleasantly easy to drink.