Castello dei Rampolla is one of the benchmark properties in Tuscany, and for good reason. At their finest, these are some of the most elegant, luscious wines readers will come across.

Antonio Galloni

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Maurizia di Napoli Rampolla, Proprietor

cast rampolla logo.pdfAbout Castello dei Rampolla

The estate S. Lucia in Faulle, production site of the Castello dei Rampolla wines, is located in the southern valley of Chianti Classico known as the “Conca d’Oro,” the Golden Basin. Though the estate has been in the di Napoli Rampolla family since 1739, it was Alceo di Napoli who planted the first vineyards in 1965, producing the first vintage in 1970. Brother and sister team Maurizia and Luca now run the business, their humble enthusiasm and dedication producing what are considered some of the most fascinating wines in the Chianti.

Castello dei Rampolla is considered a pioneer of biodynamic farming practices in Chianti, beginning the first experiments in 1994 when most wineries in the area were still unfamiliar with organic, let alone biodynamic, agriculture. Every operation in the vineyard and the cellar is carried out according to lunar phases and the biodynamic calendar, and chemical fertilizers and pesticides are banned in favor of organic, biodynamic preparations. Instead of using herbicides, weeds are left to grow between the vines, forcing the roots to dig deeper into the soil to find nutrition, adding complexity and character to the grapes and resulting wines.

The cellar is in constant evolution, and winemaker Luca di Napoli Rampolla is always experimenting to find the best way to extract the “essence of the territory” from the grapes. After a careful manual harvest, the grapes undergo a second selection before beginning fermentation, carried out in enameled tin or cement tanks or amphora jars. Only indigenous yeasts are used and no sulfur is added. Ageing takes place in casks and French oak barriques.

Castello dei Rampolla grows both international and traditional Tuscan grape varieties from which it produces three red wines, Chianti Classico, d’Alceo, and Sammarco, and one white wine, Trebianchi.

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PREVIOUS OFFERS:

Castello dei Rampolla 2011s – Feb 9, 2016
Library Wine Offer – Apr 27, 2015
Castello dei Rampolla 2010s – Dec 15, 2014
Sammarco 2009 and more – Dec 12, 2013
d’Alceo 2009 and Chianti 2011 – Sep 26, 2013
Castello dei Rampolla 2008s – Jan 23, 2013

Location:

Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Facts:

  • Region:  Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
  • Year Founded:  1965
  • Name Of Proprietor:  Luca e Maurizia di Napoli Rampolla
  • Name Of Winemaker:  Luca di Napoli Rampolla
  • Offer Schedule:  Varies — wines are released as they are deemed “ready”
  • Cultivated Area:  30 hectares (74 acres)
  • Topography:  Hillside slopes ranging from 280 – 380m (920-1245 ft.)
  • Soil Type:  Calcareous, with some clay and stones
  • Annual Production:  80,000 bottles
  • Varieties Cultivated:  Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malvasia