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Castello di Volpaia Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004

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Founded in 1972, Castello di Ama sits 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole. The property is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti. Marco was a young viticulturalist who in a very few years had become one of the most highly respected winemakers in Tuscany. He began to experiment with non-traditional varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, to enhance the concept of cru wines (introducing Vigneto Bellavista, Vigneto La Casuccia and L'Apparita) and to utilize small oak barrels. In 2003, he was crowned Oenologist of the Year by Vini d'Italia, published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food. Over the past 30-40 years, he replanted all of the vineyards and upgraded all of the winemaking capabilities to make this one of Tuscanys showcase producers. 90 hectares are planted to vines at an average altitude of 480 meters with a southern exposure and clay-calcareous soils. The obsessive dedication to quality in both the vineyard and winery has made Castello di Ama not only one of Tuscanys greatest wine producers, but one of the finest wineries in the world.

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Castello di Volpaia:
Just as in the 12th Century, the village itself still plays an essential role in our wine and oil production. The interiors of its ancient houses, churches, underground passages and deconsecrated churches have been discreetly converted into wine cellars, bottling plants and olive presses up to the ceiling in the latest equipment and all connected by an amazing underground "wineduct." Thus... Read more
Just as in the 12th Century, the village itself still plays an essential role in our wine and oil production. The interiors of its ancient houses, churches, underground passages and deconsecrated churches have been discreetly converted into wine cellars, bottling plants and olive presses up to the ceiling in the latest equipment and all connected by an amazing underground "wineduct." Thus Volpaia is not just another magnificent tourist attraction, but a thriving hive of activity whose inhabitants are all directly or indirectly involved in the winery. Volpaia is committed to Organic farming and is certified organic for all its wines. But the environmetal project of Volpaia is much wider: - the genetical differences of all its indigenous Sangiovese clones are preserved into a special collection, a selected parcel were 22 different clones are grown on three different rootstock - all the winery i located within the ancient buildings of the village preserving the integrity of the architectural inheritage of Volpaia rather than builind new facilities - all the workers of Volpaia live in the village where the winery has ronovated appartmens for the employees Read less

Founded in 1972, Castello di Ama sits 12 miles northeast of Siena in the hills of Gaiole. The property is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti. Marco was a young viticulturalist who in a very few years had become one of the most highly respected winemakers in Tuscany. He began to experiment with non-traditional varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, to enhance the concept of cru wines (introducing Vigneto Bellavista, Vigneto La Casuccia and L'Apparita) and to utilize small oak barrels. In 2003, he was crowned Oenologist of the Year by Vini d'Italia, published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food. Over the past 30-40 years, he replanted all of the vineyards and upgraded all of the winemaking capabilities to make this one of Tuscanys showcase producers. 90 hectares are planted to vines at an average altitude of 480 meters with a southern exposure and clay-calcareous soils. The obsessive dedication to quality in both the vineyard and winery has made Castello di Ama not only one of Tuscanys greatest wine producers, but one of the finest wineries in the world.

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