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.

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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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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.

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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

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

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

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.

Castello di Ama - Riserva

Castello di Ama - Riserva

Riserva is a red-blended wine with tasteful and appealing style recognized by critics, shows and represents a good value for money.
Castello di Ama – Al Poggio

Castello di Ama – Al Poggio

Al Poggio is a white-blended wine with tropical and balanced style, which is considered as one of the most famous wines from the region.
Castello di Ama – Ama

Castello di Ama – Ama

Ama is a red-blended wine with flavorful and passionate style, which is evaluated and highly rated by various critics from the region.
Castello di Ama – Haiku

Castello di Ama – Haiku

Haiku is a red-blended wine with lively and structured style, which is recognized as one of the most famous wines from the region.
Castello di Ama – II Chiuso

Castello di Ama – II Chiuso

II Chisuo is a combination of Sangiovese and Pinot Noir, which has been created to represent closely the Castello di Ama terroir character.
Castello di Ama – L’ Apparita

Castello di Ama – L’ Apparita

L’Apparita is a red-blended wine with tasteful style and considered as Tuscany’s first pure Merlot and has been a cult wine since its very first vintage.
Castello di Ama – Rosato

Castello di Ama – Rosato

Rosato is a rose-blended wine with rich and fruity style which is considered as one of the most well-known Toscana wines from the region.
Castello di Ama – San Lorenzo

Castello di Ama – San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is a Chianti-blended wine with simple yet flavorsome style recognized and scored as the best available Chianti wine.
Castello di Ama – Vigneto Bellavista

Castello di Ama – Vigneto Bellavista

Vigneto Bellavista is Chianti blend wine with rich and bold style considered stable and one of the highest priced Chianti Classico wines.
Castello di Ama – Vigneto La Casuccia

Castello di Ama – Vigneto La Casuccia

Vigneto La Casuccia is a red blended wine with savory and classic style and considered as one of the most popular wines from the region.
Castello di Ama – VinSanto

Castello di Ama – VinSanto

VinSanto is a dessert wine with caramelized and sticky style which is the sixth most sought-after wine from the region in terms of searches.

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.

Contact information

Castello di Ama
http://www.castellodiama.com/
info@castellodiama.com
+39 0577 746031

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Castello di Ama
Località Ama,
53013 Gaiole In Chianti

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Michael Bredahl

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