Grifi is born from two late-ripening grape varieties, one Italian, the other French. An incredible blend where the freshness of Sangiovese blends perfectly with the backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sangiovese is sourced from our vineyards in Montepulciano, which produce a spicy, elegant wine, and the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our plots in Cortona and Montepulciano, lending tannins and structure to the wine. To facilitate the encounter of these two varieties, the grapes are harvested and fermented together.
The encounter of these two noble, yet very different varieties, inspired Avignonesi to adopt the griffin on the label. The griffin can be found on the coat-of-arms of both towns: a mythical creature made of two regal animals, a lion and an eagle, symbols of power on earth and in the air.
For Avignonesi, Grifi is a historic wine, recently reborn. The Grifi was produced between 1983 and 1996, exploring the innate capacity of the Sangiovese grape for welcoming other varieties into the blend. Production was stopped in 1996, as Avignonesi at the time wished to use all its Sangiovese grapes for the production of Nobile. However, like the mythical griffin, the legend of this wine continued, and with the arrival of Avignonesi’s new owner Virginie Saverys, Grifi was brought back to life.