Castello di Ama
– Where Poetry Infuses with Wine
Italians have a saying, “La Vita Bella,” meaning, “Life is Beautiful” and the reason for this is well known. If you have ever been to the country and really explored the culture, the history and everything Italy has to offer than you are one of the very lucky ones that can understand the meaning behind the saying.
Life is beautiful and meeting the locals or heading out to where they are working hard and balancing their appreciation for life and all that is good, only then can you truly understand the meaning of the saying.
In a small Hamlet and no I am not talking about the Poet but a 18th Century Medieval Hamlet which is a settlement, smaller than a village, there is a hidden gem standing tall overlooking Lecchi, Chianti with olive clad hills and vineyards that will take your breath away and nobody will even have to whisper words of elegant poetry in your ear for you to feel it.
History of Castello di Ama Winery
Castello di Ama Winery has existed since the 1960’s and has not been as well known as many of the other Italian wineries probably due to the fact that the very name, “Chianti” lacks the appeal of the other sultry wines that are on offer due to it being associated with rustic meals and flasks but this is far from lacking anything as the winery is on a hill with a 500 metre altitude and an ancient cellar that is perfect for wine.
The town and the medieval feel to it could already capture and audience but it does not stop at the picturesque Tuscan vineyards as the wines produced have made it in the top 100 lists and have been voted one of the best Chianti’s ever made.
Ama took its name from a Borgo or agricultural village which was known for its farming and winemaking families dating back for five centuries.
Today there are prominent families that joined together, fell in love with the majestic and medieval properties, where they have revived the splendour of its history and they take care of everything involved with producing the Chianti Classico that is known today.
Lorenza Sebasti is a second generation of one of the founding families of the winery and Marco Pallanti is the winemaker who originated from Tuscany and plied his trade there and in France.
These two have spent over 30 years perfecting the wines at Ama.
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Wines from Castello di Ama
Castello di Ama – Haiku 2009 75cl Bottle€22.37 Find merchant
Vin Santo – Castello di Ama€26.00 Find merchant
Chianti Classico Riserva – Castello di Ama€32.70 Find merchant
Haiku – Castello di Ama€38.50 Find merchant
Chianti Classico – Castello di Ama€32.70 Find merchant
Chianti Classico, Vigneto La Casuccia – Castello di Ama€119.90 Find merchant
Chianti Classico, Vigneto Bellavista – Castello di Ama€83.30 Find merchant
Wine production in four valleys
Each and every bottle of wine that you will find at Castello di Ama has been produced with the grapes from the luscious rocky soil from their own vineyards.
They believe that respecting the grapes and honouring the character will produce good wine.
The 198 acres have four valleys that have been handed down from generation to generation and they are: Bellavista, San Lorenzo, Casuccia and Montebuoni.
The wines of Castello di Ama
A little bit of history about how wine originates is always a great story to tell but the true test is always in the final result with the wine production.
San Lorenzo is taken from the name of the valley and the vines that this wine stems from were planted in the 1970’s giving it the authentic and original taste of the generations that have kept the vineyards majestic essence.
The grapes from this wine are handpicked and placed into 12 kilogram boxes, sorted, inspected and then gently pressed.
They are then placed into stainless steel vats for about 23 days and then placed into barriques old and new for 12 months before it is bottled and sold.
San Lorenzo is a ruby red wine with the aromas of fruit and spice not forgetting the dominance of the wild berry bouquet.
Ama is the new Chianti Classico and this wine is blended with the new Sangiovese clones with the age of the vines lasting for about ten years. Fermentation includes yeast for each variety which is separately placed into stainless steel tanks with controlled temperatures and manual pump over’s for 25 days. It is then placed into the French oak barriques for about ten months.
It is also a ruby red wine with a floral violet and spice aroma and notes of red fruit, cherry and sour cherry.
Vinsanto is the only example of a rose styled “Occhio di Pernice”and the vines that originally produced this wine were uprooted at the end of 2007.
The old vines were replanted and began sprouting in 2010 where they took a few clusters and blended it with the Sangiovese to make a less sweet wine.
The grapes are left to dry in an aired and moisture free room for several weeks before they are crushed with the stalks remaining on.
They are then placed into old sessile barriques for fermentation and ageing, which takes a whopping four years before the liquid is decanted.
With an aroma of Apricot and dried fruit the Vinsanto is worth a taste test to discover the old with the new.
Visit Castello di Ama
Castello di Ama has so much more to choose from and it is definitely worth a visit so that you can explore and experience the tastes of the medieval Hamlet, with a guided tour showing you the vinification plant, the cellars and the ancient chapels as well as the beautiful gardens and contemporary art that will give you an idea of the grapes and how their characters are built into award winning wines.
It does not end there as you can enjoy a delicious meal along with your wine and you can also stay in the luxury panoramic suites that have been preserved with the 18th century feel.
The Winery Castello di Ama from Siena, Italy.
Castello di Ama
53013 Gaiole In Chianti
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