Region: Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Castello di Volpaia began practising organic viticulture in the late 1990s, and the wines have been certified organic since the 2004 vintage. Volpaia is a medieval fortified village, located on a hill top in the heart of Chianti, near Radda in Chianti. The cellar at Volpaia is run by the Mascheroni Stianti family – Carlo, Giovannella, Nicolò and Federica – who treat their often complex work with passion and enthusiasm. Behind the walls of the XI century buildings is all the modern technology required for fermentation, aging and maturing. The property spans 360 hectares, of which 12 hectares are home to olive trees and 46 hectares house vineyards – all sitting at an altitude of between 400 and 650 metres. The Castello di Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia undoubtedly one of the best preserved villages of its period.