Castello di Volpaia is a winery located in the medieval village of Volpaia. The estate spans over 900 acres (360 ha), divided between vineyards, olive groves, and woods. The winery is organically farmed, producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, and wine, particularly Chianti Classico. The winery is owned by Carlo and Giovannella Mascheroni Stianti, who are assisted by their son Nicolo’ Mascheroni Stianti. The village of Volpaia is situated on a hilltop just north of the town of Radda in Chianti, 2,024 feet (617 m) above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence-Siena border. Unlike Brolio, Meleto, and other Chianti-area castles, Volpaia is a terra murata, a walled village. 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 one of the best-preserved villages of its period.
The Coltassala vineyard shares its location and name with a villa. The first Super-Tuscans were created in the 1970s by Chianti Classico producers who rejected government mandates that determined which grapes were required to go into their wine, especially with grapes like Trebbiano and Malvasia. The Super- Tuscans were also treated differently from Chianti, aged in small French barriques rather than large Slavonian oak casks. Because the Super-
Tuscans did not follow the DOC regulations, the Super-Tuscans were entitled only to the lowest official designation of the time – Vino da tavola. It wasn’t until 1994 that
government recognized the high quality of Super-Tuscans and gave the wine it’s own category – IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica). Volpaia first released Coltassala in
1980 as a Super-Tuscan. The Chianti Classico appellation followed suit, closing the quality gap between Chianti Classico and Super-Tuscans.Now Coltassala is a Chianti Classico Riserva Cru even though it’s the same Super-Tuscan wine of 1980.
Blend: 95% Sangiovese & 5% Mammolo