Castellare di Castellina

Castellare di Castellina

About Castellare di Castellina

This is a Tuscan winery and Castellare di Castellina is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Paolo Panerai, a Milanese publisher acquired the estate in the 1970s because he was passionate about the region. With attention and great care, he led to the creation of the site. 

On the vineyard, the San nicolo, a medieval church stands. This is one of the great treasures in the region. The Castellare di Castellina wines are stored in the cellars of the church. The wine cellar is accessed through the elliptical ramp where there are lots of wooden barrels illuminated stylishly. 

The quality of the wines at Castellare di Castellina comes from the vineyard not the lowest floor. Therefore, Paolo Panerai chose the sangionese clone though old, the sangioveto, and some other varieties that were autochthonous. The altitude used to plant the vines is up to 400 metres above sea level. The soils are calcareous in nature. The area has steep slopes which means that the work on the vineyards must be completed by hand. The soil quality and the location give the wines their full character high aging potential, and the most beautiful structure. The vinification is handled by Alessandro cellai. This is a respected oenologist who produces traditional chianti by applying modern methods. 

Paulo Panerai embraced sustainability early. Because of this, he was able to establish a nature reserve on this property where herbicides, fertilisers, and chemical pesticides are forbidden. Today, the biotype has rare species of birds living there. The vintage wines regularly show some of the bird species.

When the first bottling was done in 1979, a classic style was chosen over the fashion-oriented ones. This is a style that is embraced even today. The prestigious estates cover 24 hectares in total within chianti territory. 

Panerai has put great effort on the land to try and reconcile innovation and tradition. Tradition is used to care for the terrain and the vineyards and in distinguishing between sodic and fields, fields are very easy to work on terrains. Sodic refers to hard soils, but they happen to be good for vine growth.

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