In 2011 Carlo Franchetti acquired some land near the town of San Casciano dei Bagni, where he discovered a small vineyard of pinot noir planted by the previous owner. The first vinification in 2012, entirely home made, revealed from the start a wine of great character and potential. In 2013 the Vini Franchetti SRL partnership was formed and the wine making transferred to Tenuta di Trinoro under the supervision of Andrea Franchetti.
Between 2014 and 2016 various different approaches were experimented both in the vineyard and in the winery and it was decided not to release the wines on the market. In 2017 the new high density vineyards planted in 2013 began to produce their first crop and production resumed with a gradual increase in the number of bottles produced from 1200 to 3300, eventually reaching the current 6000 level. In 2021 the original farmhouse and winery undergo restoration and production is planned to return home on the estate at San Casciano under the supervision of Carlo Franchetti with the assistance of oenologist Gianluca Colombo.
The name SANCABA is an acronym invented by Carlo Franchetti as a tribute to the town of San Casciano dei Bagni.