An “eco-friendly” vineyard in Tuscany
The estate Castellare di Castellina was founded in 1968 by the merger of five wineries. Since the late 1970s it has been owned by Paolo Panerai. After he took over Paolo developed a great interest in the autochthone varieties and he focused his vineyard plantings particularly on the Sangioveto (a noble and old version of Sangiovese) and on Malvasia Nera. An experimental vineyard was then planted in cooperation with the Universities of Milan, Florence and San Michele all’Adige.
Respect for nature, consideration of the environment and especially the protection of local varieties became increasingly important to the estate’s operations over time. For this reason, every year an endangered bird species is selected and nurtured on the estate. In addition, the use of chemicals is totally prohibited. These various activities have led to the return and development of fauna and flora.
Tradition and modernity
The winery Castellare di Castellina covers 80 hectares in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, of which 33 hectares are planted. The hills form a natural amphitheater and enjoy a fantastic southeastern exposure. The vines, whose ages range from five to thirty years, grow at an altitude of 370 meters. The yields here are very low and are well below the required rules of the DOCG.
The soils consist mainly of marl and clay, which deprive the vines of water. This gives the wine intensity, complexity and structure. Even if the wine in the cellar is produced in a traditional way, they are very well technically equipped. After a rigorous selection during the harvest the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The wine then rests 12 to 18 months in French oak barrels.
The Cuvée I Sodi di S.Niccolò is full of history. The name is a reference to the complex terroir, the work that must be done by hand (“I Sodi” means “too hard” or “too stiff”) and S. Niccolò refers to the church of San Niccolò in the vicinity. A true ambassador of the house Castellare di Castellina: this wine has already been honored twice in the Top 100 Wines list of the American magazine Wine Spectator. The pride of the winery expresses all the beauty of the blend of Malvasia Nera and Sangioveto. The Chianti Classico is in contrast to the other wineries made only from Sangioveto: the indigenous grape variety. It has a beautiful ruby red color and is the epitome of elegance.