Producer: Fattoria Castellina
Area: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria Castellina is a farm situated on the hills between Florence and Vinci, in Tuscany with 110 hectares of land, including 10 ha of vineyard, 30 ha of olive grove. The remainder is woods that surround the property.
In our red wines we endeavor to express our terroir of Chianti Montalbano to its full potential by
practising organic farming and paying a lot of attention to the respect of our beautiful landscape, vegetation and animal life. The olive grove has been run organically for over 8 years and since the last two we have been farming biodynamically in the vineyard as well. Since 1996 we have been gradually renovating the vines and in 2000 we have restored an old terraced vineyard that was left uncultivated for 20 years. Here we have replanted Sangiovese with a head training system and “settonce” planting scheme, widespread in ancient Greece. High plant density (8,300 plants/ha) means that work is done entirely by hand and animal-towed tools.
Since 2004 we have set out on a path inspired by the antroposophical principles of Rudolf Steinerand we have been practising biodynamic agriculture with the hands-on help of specialist Agronomist Leonello Anello. This path is very gratifying in terms of results on grapes and wine; but more than anything, it has given a new and authentic significance to the work we are doing as well as a really sustainable future to agriculture.
-Sangiovese (50%) Syra (20%) Merlot (20%) Cabernet f. (10%)
-Maceration and fermentation is done in tronconical French oak vats for about 12 months. Before bottling it is filtered using wide cartridges. Aged in bottles for at least 6 months.