In 1989 Frescobaldi bought the Castelgiocondo estate in Montalcino, the largest vine-growing farm in the Brunello area. Although the estates have gone through many changes over the years, ownership has never changed hands and still, after 30 generations, is in full control of the Frescobaldi family.
One of the major and largest vine growing businesses in Europe, Frescobaldi owns nine estates covering over 1,000 ha of vineyards, all located in excellent areas for fine wines. Directly managed by its family members, Frescobaldi produces almost 7 million bottles and the wines are exported to over 60 countries throughout the world. The Castiglioni Estate is located on the hills of Chianti Colli Fiorentini, about 20Km south west of Florence. At Castiglioni, the clay rich soil guarantees better water retention and allows the vines to resist the summer drought conditions that often happen in this part of Tuscany. Consequently, the grapes balanced and unstressed ripening produce a rounder and fuller taste to the wine
The Estate’s relatively low altitude between 180 and 200M contributes to the speedy and complete ripening of Castiglioni’s grapes. Sangiovese, in particular, has a naturally aromatic note and Castiglioni Chianti is a perfect reflection. The Estate enjoys an average production of 500,000 bottles.
Grapes: 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot from 80 hectares of vineyards situated at an altitude of 150-250M above sea level on the Castiglioni Estate
Soil: Clay, medium texture Pruning: Spur pruned cordon and Guyot
Density: Between 2,800 and 5,500 vines per hectare.
Harvest: Both manual and mechanical.. Merlot in September and Sangiovese in October.
Vinification: Fermentation at 25C in temperature controlled vats for 10 days with 10 days maceration .
Malolactic fermentation took place immediately following alcoholic fermentation.
The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months with microxygenation.
Colour: Clean, purple, lively clear and very inviting.
Serve: At room temperature to accompany light dishes. Can also be served slightly chilled.
Taste: A youthful style of wine with an aroma of fresh fruit and a full, velvety and textured palate.