Chianti Classico, San Gimignano and some Super Tuscans
By Michèle Shah
This Guide was last updated on 30 March 2010
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Address: Via Pian d’Albola 31
53017 Radda in Chianti
Tel: 0577 738019 Fax: 0577 738793
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 43:31:33N (43.52583) Longitude: 11:24:22E (11.40611)
Castello d’Albola, is one Chianti Classico’s most spectacular properties with stunning views over the whole of the Chianti Classico. To reach the castle it is just a short but quite steep drive north of Radda. Today the castle is owned by the Zonin family (Gruppo Zonin is one of Italy’s largest family estates which includes ten wine estates and 1,800ha of vineyards spread over seven different Italian regions focusing its 25 million bottles of production on indigenous grape varieties and exporting 55% of production to 91 countries). Castello d’Albola dates back to the middle ages and has been beautifully restored by the Zonin family. It is Gianni Zonin’s proud show piece, where he likes to spend his holidays with the family in summer. It is possible to visit the cellars and also to purchase a wide range of wines at the enoteca shop. The wines are crafted by the resident winemaker, Alessandro Gallo and particularly worth buying is the Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese with a small addition of Canaiolo, also very good is their SuperTuscan Acciaiolo, a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Useful information: Wine tasting at the enoteca shop from April to November every day 10.00-18.30 – no charge. From Decemnber to March by appointment only. Guided tours of the historic cellars and wine tasting at 12.00, 14.00 and 17.00. Personalized tours and diners can be arranged.
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