Come live the Estate

Come live the Estate

The Journey

Our journey starts from afar, with the visit to the Parish Church of San Leolino, mentioned since 982 AD and perhaps even older. A three-nave basilica in which pieces of great value from the Tuscan artistic tradition are preserved.

Here, under the corbelled ceiling and exposed beams typical of country houses in Chianti, are the vats inside which the fermentation of our wines take place.

In this cool and quiet place, under a magnificent vaulted ceiling, lie the French oak barrels in which the wine slowly ages until it reaches perfection.

We can admire all around us the vineyards of the estate. A breathtaking panorama created by the age-old work of man in total harmony with nature.

Once at the estate we can enjoy the pleasure of tasting the current vintages of the our wines. Many different expressions of our way of being and interpreting the unique flavors of our territory.

At the end of the visit, we offer the possibility to reach the stables. A special corner of our estate where we take care of our horses with love.


Monday to Saturday
at 11.00 am
at 3.00 pm

Meeting point in front of the Church of San Leolino / Panzano
Località San Leolino, 1
50022 Pieve di Panzano FI

43.532953, 11.311915

For more information:

+39 055 852593


A Winning Passion

Love and Passion for Horses

Love and Passionfor Horses

Standardbred breeding farm

Degli Dei embodies the family’s dedication for farming, wine-making and horse-breeding, the symbols of Tuscany in the world. This passion has taken shape, over thirty years, in the form of a successful stud farm called Degli Dei, owned by the Cavalli family since the early seventies.

Located in the small hamlet of San Leolino in Panzano in Chianti, the Degli Dei standardbred farm finds in this territory the perfect context for the harmonious growth of the foals. In the heart of Chianti is the best expression of beauty that exists in Tuscany, where the foals are raised in contact with nature and constantly followed by a team of professionals.

A Quality Choice

A Quality Choice

Our Wines

Our selection of wines combines the elegance of excellent grape varieties with the potential of the extraordinary territory of Panzano in Chianti.

The Vineyards and Territories

Our production areas are Panzano in Chianti and Florence: two different terroirs with diverse soil types but having some characteristics in common such as the south-facing exposure. Thanks to hand-picking and hand-processing techniques, we are able to select only the best grapes. The perfect balance between tradition and modernity is the pillar of our success.

The territory of Panzano

Panzano’s soil type is medium mix, rich in marl and well-drained allowing the vines to absorb the soil’s minerals and transfer the terroir’s characteristics to the wine.

The territory of Florence

Florence is a territory rich in traditions, Florence is where we embarked on our most ambitious challenge: creating a modern vineyard focused on quality, the key word of our whole activity. Qualities of the soil are also responsible for the wine’s quality: Florence’s soil, with such a high clay content, produces grapes rich in tannins and polyphenols.

Grape Varieties


Merlot is a red wine grape whose name derives from the French word for blackbird, due to the blackbird’s fondness for its berries. It was brought from the Gironde region, in Southwest France, in particular from the Bordeaux area. The earliest recorded mention of Merlot dates back to the eighteenth century: around the mid-1700s it was also planted in Italy, especially in the Tuscany, Friuli and Veneto regions. The Merlot leaf is pentagonal and three-lobed. The berries are medium-sized, rounded, blue-black colored and relatively thick-skinned. Merlot thrives in hilly, cool, moist soil. The two main vine training techniques used are Cordon and Guyot which provide shade to the bunches and prevent the acidity from dropping precipitously.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Originated in the Bordeaux area, Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most well-known grape variety for the production of quality, long-lasting wines. It adapts easily to different climates and wine-making techniques by maintaining its identity while bearing the stamp of the place where it is produced. It has a medium-sized leaf, medium to small and compact bunches, round and thick-skinned berries, blue-black colored with purple nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon gives deeply colored wines, rich in tannins and aromas and having potential for aging. It is a well-structured grape variety which benefits from oak aging and features a complex, captivating bouquet over time.

Cabernet Franc

A medium-big sized grape variety, Cabernet Franc originated from France, in particular from the Gironde region. The best results are obtained through long maceration which gives a full-bodied, robust and very harmonious wine that develops beautifully over time.

Petit Verdot

Of southern French origin, Petit Verdot is a mid to late-ripening variety that thrives in hot climates from which it probably derives the name Verdot. Petit Verdot gives a highly tannic and deeply colored wine and profits from blending with other grape types in the production of long-lasting wines.

Alicante Bouschet

The product of a crossing between Petit Bouschet and Alicante, Alicante Bouschet is a hybrid, early-ripening grape variety with low sugar content.


Sangiovese is the most important and oldest grape variety in Italy. His name has latin origins, “Sanguis lovis” meaning “the blood of Jupiter”. The Etruscans already cultivated a variant of this grape variety. The homeland of Sangiovese is Tuscany, where the famous Chianti Classico is produced on the homonymous territory.

The value of each elaboration in the Harvest ritual

Harvest is done manually. The grapes produced in Florence are transported to the winery in Panzano in refrigerated vans so as to preserve their quality and characteristics.

After hand-picking, the grapes are placed on two vibrating surfaces where two selection stages are carried out, one for the clusters and one for the berries. We wish to make maximum use of grapes by selecting the best ones, with respect for tradition and an eye to the future.

The Winery

Wine cellars are located within the Pieve of San Leolino, a magnificent example of Tuscan Romanesque style dating back to the 9th century A.D.

Our wine cellars cover two floors: the fermentation room is on the upper floor, it has been completely renovated in 2004 and its trabeated ceilings, typical of the Chianti area’s countryside houses, have been restored to their original splendor. Appreciation and respect for local architecture is our way to enhance the care and attention for the grapes.

The area below the fermentation room has been carefully restored as well: this cellar houses the French oak barrels in which the wine’s maturation process is completed.

Along the church’s facade runs a Renaissance-style portico supported on sandstone columns dating back to the fifteenth century Tuscan order when the church was under the patronage of the Florentine hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. The interior houses thirteenth and fifteenth century works of art by Meliore and Mariotto di Nardo, and two glazed earthenware tabernacles attributed to the Della Robbia family.


Our Winemaking Team

Tommaso Cavalli is personally involved in the production of his wines, taking advantage of the valuable enological expertise of Carlo Ferrini and of the agronomic skill of Gioia Cresti. A winning team confirming the growing passion and strong ambition of quality after twenty years of the Tenuta Degli Dei project.

Gioia Cresti

Gioia Cresti graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Enology in 1989 in Siena. That summer, she started working with Progetto Agricoltura, an enological and agronomic consulting firm providing assistance to a number of wineries: Badia a Coltibuono, Castello di Volpaia, Castellare di Castellina, Argiano, Col d’ Orcia etc. She also attended several university-level courses at the University of Bordeaux from 1990 to 1992. She has been collaborating with Dr. Carlo Ferrini since 1998.

Carlo Ferrini

Carlo Ferrini, born in Florence in 1954, graduated with a degree in agricultural sciences in 1978 with a final dissertation on the microbiology of alcoholic fermentation processes. Appointed “Accademico della Vite e del Vino” in 1991, he was awarded winemaker of the year in 2000 by the wine magazine Gambero Rosso and by AIS, the Italian Association of Sommeliers. In 2007, he was made winemaker of the year by “Wine Enthusiast”.

Other Products

Tenuta Degli Dei

The first edition of Grappa Tenuta degli Dei was born from the noblest of fresh wine pomace, gently pressed in order to preserve the full fragrance of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes that yield it. Following the 2009 harvest we sent this precious pomace to the Valdotaine Distillery, entrusting them with the responsibility of transforming the refined aromas, superb balance, and self-confident flavors of our pomace into this product. After distillation, the grappa remained in steel for 6 months, and then matured in the same oak barrels that were earlier used for Tenuta degli Dei’s Cavalli. This grappa stands out for its distinctive notes of hazelnut, black pepper, and elderflower, enriched with smooth hints of vanilla and tobacco leaf. With its 43% alcohol, it is emphatic on the palate, its complex flavors fully echoing the generous aromas. A long-lingering finish conveys luscious notes of blossoms, toasty oak, and honey. Grappa Degli Dei is available beginning in October, in just half-liter (0.50l) bottles, each in its own wooden box.

Foho Fiorentino

FOHO fiorentino is a spicy oil born from a fermentation of fresh habanero chili peppers in extra virgin olive oil. This is a natural fermentation that takes about a month. Then there is a 6-month refining and decanting period that happens in our cellar before bottling. The result is a 100% natural aromatic condiment, with its unique flavor can exhilarate any dish.

Wonder of Nature

The inspiration is from home


The origin of the estate and the commitment of the Cavalli Family

The bond between Tommaso Cavalli and his land has its origins in a true passion which has taken shape in the form of the estate owned by the family since the early seventies, Tenuta degli Dei, to which Tommaso and his father Roberto have devoted thirty years of intensive work. The estate is located in the village of San Leolino, near Panzano in Chianti.

The territory’s characteristics make it ideal for horse-breeding. The vineyards have been planted in the Golden valley, which thanks to its soil and exposure to sunlight, is perfect for viticulture.

Tenuta Degli Dei embodies the Cavalli family’s lifelong commitment to farming, wine-making and horse-breeding, the symbols of Tuscany in the world.

Continuous Quality

Other than wine, Tommaso Cavalli produces spirits of prime quality that are recognized and distributed worldwide. All gin and vodka lovers will be amazed.

The origin of the name

After buying the estate in Panzano in Chianti in the early seventies, Roberto Cavalli lived there for several years together with his beloved German shepherd whom he affectionately called “Lupo”, but whose real name on the pedigree was “Didone degli Dei”.

In honor of his special four-legged friend, practically his shadow, Roberto decided to call the company “Tenuta degli Dei”. In this way, even all the horses born in the same breeding could have as their final name “degli Dei” and Didone, or rather “Lupo”, would live again in each of them.


Tommaso Cavalli
A life dedicated to quality

Tommaso Cavalli has always had quality cultivation as his first objective, the only path that leads to producing excellence.
For many years, he has been carrying on with his father Roberto the project of Società Agricola Degli Dei, working every day with a daring spirit. Innovative ideas and sustainable methods, carried out with passion and continuous commitment: this is the way Cavalli produces his wine, which contains flavors and fragrances of its territory, its light and its mood. The same commitment dedicated to horse breeding, the company’s original core activity.
Tommaso Cavalli is powered by a modern spirit in full respect of the values of Tuscan tradition and their very essence. His strong attraction to all that is good and genuine, combined with a constant search for beauty also inherited from his father Roberto, lead him to follow his passions to design and conduct a number of projects in the field of food & beverage.
Starting from the precious Grappa Degli Dei limited edition up to the famous Roberto Cavalli Vodka, a tasteful masterpiece. Sophisticated and elegant, this exclusive vodka produced in Italy, has conquered the most demanding palates and accompanies the glamorous and trendy night life worldwide.

The Winery

Wine cellars are located within the Pieve of San Leolino, a magnificent example of Tuscan Romanesque style dating back to the 9th century A.D.

All the emotion of oneof the world's most unique landscape

Chianti is one of the most well known and loved area of Tuscany. Not just for its renowned wine, but also for its magnificent territory where the vineyards encounter the natural forest. The area of Chianti extends for about 20 km between the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo. Tenuta Degli Dei lies in the heart of Chianti, between hills and hamlets where time has stopped, with its fortresses, parish churches and typical stone country homes.

Experiencing Chianti means immerging into a unique relaxing atmosphere, a regenerating idleness, amidst the pleasures of the cuisine and good wine. All year round, Chianti offers visitors glimpses of rare and exciting beauty.