Region: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany
The historical origins of Castello Vicchiomaggio can be traced back to the 5th century. The present owners, the Matta family, acquired the property in 1964 and restored it back to its former splendour. The estate, with 150 hectares, is one of the largest in the area, and of these, 32 hectares are dedicated to the vine. Castello Vicchiomaggio produces several styles of wine, from the traditional to the innovative. In order to achieve this, the estate has been carefully classified according to its soil type and exposure. All production and winemaking is supervised by John Matta. The hallmarks of John’s wines are elegance, perfume, style and balance. His outstanding wines show off the Sangiovese grape at its best. Vicchiomaggio is consistently classified amongst Italy’s top estates and John Matta has been named IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 14 years.
A blend of Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Canaiolo 5%. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard called Agostino Petri. The vines are grown in a marl and clay soil.
Winemaking: Fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks with medium length maceration on skins. Matured in French oak barriques for six months and then in large oak barrels (25-50hl) for a further nine months.