Pomino lies in the mountains to the east of Florence and overlaps in part with the Chianti Rufina sub-zone. It has long been recognized within Tuscany as an excellent region for red and white wines and the noble Albizi family and the bishops of Florence had estates here for hundreds of years. The vineyards are high-altitude, ranging from 1,600 to 2,300 feet above sea level.

Uniquely, Pomino has had significant plantings of French varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay since the 1800s. This happened when the Albizi family lived in political exile in Provence for a time and brought the varietals back with them on their return.

Pomino is today commercially dominated by Frescobaldi, who owns nine estates with nearly 2,500 acres of vineyards in the heart of the appellation. They produce a wide range of wines that are widely distributed internationally and often provide very good value for money.

The DOC allows a great deal of latitude and includes varietal Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir, all of which must be 85% of the varietal indicated. White blends must be a minimum 70% of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and/or Pinot Grigio; and red blends must be a minimum 50% of Sangiovese and a maximum 50% of Merlot and/or Pinot Noir. (Wine/Appellations)