Philip Wine by Mazzei

Philip Wine by Mazzei

Philip Wine by Mazzei
Philip Wine
Philip is an extraordinary wine created to honor the Mazzei family’s great ancestor, Philip Mazzei. This wine embodies the “New World” spirit of Tuscan wine-making, best represents the revolutionary character of Philip Mazzei, and expresses the Mazzei’s family desire to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Philip is a blend of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes carefully selected from the Mazzei’s estates:

- Castello di Fonterutoli, the historic property in Chianti Classico, producing wines since 1435;
- Belguardo Estate, acquired in the late 1990’s, in the gentle hills of the Maremma region, overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

Philip is a quintessentially Tuscan wine. It brings together the fragrance and elegance of wines produced in the famous area of Chianti Classico with the opulence and power of wines from the more recently discovered Maremma region. The combination of Cabernet Sauvignon from two different Tuscan estates creates aromatic complexity, depth of color and powerful structure while simultaneously lending minerality, elegance and finesse to the wine. Philip is complex and exotic with waves of bittersweet chocolate, spices, cinnamon, clove and mint, mingled in a delectable dance of flavors. Rich and opulent yet supple and silky, it is full bodied with polished tannins and a fresh, long finish. Tuscan estates creates aromatic complexity, depth of color and powerful structure while simultaneously lending minerality, elegance and finesse to the wine.

Philip Mazzei was born on December 25, 1730 in Poggio a Caiano near Florence, Italy. Mazzei was a man of wide interests and talents, and his influence was felt both in America and across Europe where he travelled extensively. He was highly respected and regarded among prominent men from all walks of life. Throughout Virginia and Europe philosophers, merchants, businessmen, politicians, diplomats, presidents and noblemen all sought Mazzei’s friendship and advice. By the time of his death on March 19, 1816 in Pisa, Italy, Philip Mazzei had been a physician, merchant, horticulturalist, viticulturalist, pamphleteer, political activist, linguist, diplomatic agent, historian, and royal adviser.
Philip Mazzei was known as a passionate grape-grower, liberal thinker, and citizen of the world.

While in London working as a merchant, Mazzei met several important traders and figureheads from Virginia, including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Adams. Adams believed the soil in Virginia to be fertile and encouraged Mazzei to draw up agricultural plans for the cultivation of Mediterranean fruits and types of plants. This encouragement, coupled with Mazzei’s passion for viticulture and horticulture, inspired him to create a visionary viticulture program for Virginia. Mazzei’s intention was to bring the culture and tradition of Tuscan wine-making to Virginia. In September of 1773 after securing funding, and with the permission from the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Mazzei set sail for Virginia with his vines, olive trees, ten vignerons, and other materials from Tuscany. When Mazzei arrived at Monticello, Jefferson persuaded him to stay and gave him 193 acres of land on the south side of Monticello. Mazzei purchased about 700 more acres by 1778 and named his farm Colle. Philip planted the first European vines at Colle, the property Mazzei had purchased for himself near JeffersonÂ’s estate of Monticello.
In a letter to George Washington, Mazzei wrote that Virginia's soil and climate was "better calculated" than any other for wine production. He then proceeded to bring over addition Tuscan vignerons and formed a company for the purpose of raising and making wine, oil, and silk. It was the first “Wine Company” in America.

Today Philip Mazzei’s legacy lives on and has been celebrated with the planting of native, exclusive vines from the Marchesi Mazzei estate of Fonterutoli in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany by Francesco e Filippo Mazzei.
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Born and raised in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1730, Philip Mazzei absorbed the libertarian ideals of the Asburgo-Lorena reigning family, ideals of which he eventually become an outspoken advocate. During his almost 20 year stay in London, Philip developed close relationships with Benjamin Franklin and several important businessmen from Virginia, who spoke to him of both the new political climate and agricultural possibilities in the colonies. Spurred by his curiosity to explore opportunities in the New World and with the intent of introducing the colonies to the different cultures of Europe, Mazzei set sail for Virginia in 1773. One of Mazzei’s greatest contributions to American history was his work as a political activist during a most crucial time.
Being a man of the Enlightenment, Mazzei found the ideological climate of Virginia in the late 1700s to be most congenial. He quickly became swept up in the movement for independence, of which he was a firm believer and fervent proponent in both America and Europe. He befriended and collaborated with several prominent political figures of the time, such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, with whom he shared his modern and progressive ideas. Mazzei advocated the notion that “All men are by nature equally free and independent. Such equality is necessary in order to create a free government.”. This ideal inspired Thomas Jefferson’s introduction in The Declaration of

Independence stating “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Once the Declaration of Independence had been written and signed, Mazzei translated the document into Italian for several important newspapers.
Mazzei was a prolific writer, transmitter of revolutionary ideals, liberal thinker, visionary, and “citizen of the world.” He is a significant exemplar of the trans-Atlantic nature of the American revolution and may be considered the first Italian immigrant to promote economic and political relations between the United Stated and Italy. In celebration and recognition of his contributions and role as an American Patriot, a commemorative stamp entitled “Patriot Remembered”, was issued in 1980 on the 250th anniversary of this birth.

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