Castello di Volpaia’s Chianti Classico Riserva has a ruby-red hue with a trace of garnet. The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and long persistance. It is made from a blend of the wines coming from the best vineyards of Volpaia and aged for 24 months in oak.
Pair with pasta with a fresh tomato sauce, charcoal-grilled t-bone steak (Fiorentina), cheese platters.
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.
In 1250 Volpaia became an important part of the Lega del Chianti. One of the village’s most illustrious families were scientific instrument makers. The family took its surname from the village itself and during the renaissance Benvenuto and Lorenzo della Volpaia became famous. Not only was the latter a friend of Leonardo da Vinci but their instruments are still on view at the Science Museums in Florence and Greenwich, as well as the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Throughout the centuries the families who owned the village and its vineyards dedicated themselves to the arts and wine making and thanks to their foresight the village has managed to keep its original architectural features.
Castello di Volpaia began practising organic viticulture in the late 1990s, and the wines have been certified organic since the 2004 vintage. The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby colour and a strong nose of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish. Pair with earthy food such as mushroom based sauces, truffles or a fiorentina steak perfectly grilled on the coals.