In 2010 Konstantin Tuvykin purchased La Madonna estate in Tatti, and offered business partnership to Nikita Mikhalkov. The estate is a wonderful villa with vineyards located in the suburbs of a medieval town at Massa Marittima municipal centre. That's the beginning of their own wine production and foundation of a company, having the same name "La Madonna".
Upon 3 years of work it became obvious that the hobby had a great potential, that's why the owners decided to re-organize it into the real winemaking company. Thus, in 2013 they purchased Poggio Gobbo vineyards located in Gavorrano municipal centre, and in 2014 they laid the foundation stone of the new winery.
Twelve (Dodici) is not just a random number. It's the name of the movie, which was internationally presented by Nikita Mikhalkov – a distinguished partner and friend of ''Tenuta Dodici''. The winery began its work in 2016 with the harvest of the same year. The new sales strategy is making the wine well-known not only in Russia, but in Italy as well.
Geometrical lines, simple and clear, in combination with functionality are the major distinctive features of our winery. It is situated on one of the multiple hills, typical for Maremma, and fits well into the surrounding landscape.
All premises of the production area are cut into the hill, so to speak, and the natural isolation allows to maintain constant temperature and humidity throughout the whole year as well as to guarantee conditions, necessary for qualitative production and storage of the wine.
"Tenuta Dodici" consists of two land parcels with different angles of slope (in Poggio Gobbo and Tatti). Intensity of forest vegetation along with its mitigating influence, hight and composition of soil, create certain environment, welcoming for high-quality wines abundant with organoleptic properties.
The soil composition of the land parcels with vineyards consists of a complex of the limestone clay of the early Cretaceous, which, along with the strong influence of the soil skeleton and loamy slate allow to accumulate sugar in the grapes at the earlies stage.
Even though there is no difference in composition of the two plots, but the altitude above the sea level plays a significant part in formation of the end characteristics of the grape. The Tatti vineyards, which are 350-400 m above the sea level, give deep, more delicate and elegant wines; and the Poggio Gobbo ones (100 m above the sea level) give stronger, "characterful" wines.
As you may find out from multiple historical sources, production of wine is the art. For us, each wine is a real piece of art. In our case this art is deeply intertwined with the art of our partner – a Russian film director Nikita Mikhalkov.
Each label is connected to one of his films: from "12" and "Solo Dodici" (Only 12), which name our classic brand line (the first name is connected to the red wines, the second one – with the white ones), to the special wines, such as "Oci Ciornie" (The Black Eyes) (Merlot 100%), "Colpo di Sole" (The Sunstroke) (Sauvignon Blanc in acacia barrels) and "Schiava d'Amore" (The Slave of Love) (Ciliegiolo rose).