Chianti's Hidden Treasure

Castello di VolpaiaIt was such a pleasure hosting the leadership of Castello di Volpaia for a special tasting in the store last season. Now, it seems others will be catching onto "Chianti's Hidden Treasure." Chianti's Hidden Treasure Mitch Frank, Wine Spectator October 31, 2015 "Volpaia is one of those seductive Tuscan places that tempts people into quitting their jobs and uprooting their lives. The hilltop town sits nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, looking over Chianti Classico, reachable only by a narrow road that climbs through sunbathed vines, olive trees and cypresses. A relic of the 12th century, the old village is home to fewer than 60 people, living behind walls that Siena's medieval soldiers found intimidating and modern visitors find charming. On a sunny but cool morning, just a few tourists are walking on the old stone streets, soaking in the fresh air and historic charm, never suspecting that one of Tuscany's best wines is coursing through steel pipes beneath their feet. Volpaia's chief commercial enterprise is Castello di Volpaia, a winery that produces outstanding Chiantis and super Tuscans. Its Chianti Classico Riserva 2010, 93 points and retailing for about $30, earned a spot in Wine Spectator's Top 100 last year. (Here's a chart of selected recent releases.)" Click here to read the entire Wine Spectator article. Click here to shop for Italian wines online through our web wine store.
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Italian Winery Profile: Castello di Volpaia

The first document that mentions the cultivation of vines in Volpaia dates back to 1172. In 1250, Volpaia was a founding member of the Lega del Chianti (Chianti League) and played a pivotal role in protecting Chianti Classico integrity and reuniting the broken Consorzio. Castello di VolpaiaCastello di Volpaia is located in the medieval village of Volpaia. The Estate is more than 900 acres divided between vineyards, olive groves and woods. The winery is fully devoted to Organic Farming techniques for producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and wine, in particular Chianti Classico. Owned by Carlo and Giovannella Mascheroni Stianti assisted by their son Nicolo' Mascheroni Stianti, the family decided to commit their considerable energies toward modernizing the winery and producing world-class wines while keeping the external structure of the 11th-century village intact. They were the first in the Chianti Classico region to utilize temperature-controlled fermentation techniques. An amazing “wineduct” that connects the winery’s stainless-steel fermentation tanks in the upper part of the village to the various barrel cellars in the lower portion of the village was installed. The family also painstakingly converted several historical sites to cellars, offices and apartments. Achieving their desired level of quality has been a decades-long process, and one that is never finished. Click here for more information about Castello di Volpaia.
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