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 Ottone III no. 5,
53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Tel: 0577 741385 Fax: 0577 735757
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 43:26:7N (43.43526) Longitude: 11:18:9E (11.30257)
Castello di Fonterutoli is strategically situated between Florence and Siena. Owned by the Marchesi Mazzei for over six centuries, it is one of Chianti Classico’s prime examples of viticulture, which today produces some of Tuscany’s most eclectic wines. The vineyards extend over 117ha and are subdivided into five distinct areas – Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola, Belvedere and Caggio – with altitudes ranging from 250m to 500m. Fonterutoli’s new €14.5 million investment, a gravity-fed winery designed to have as little environmental impact as possible, is a winemaker's dream. The project revolves around the fermentation process and an impressive barrel cellar designed to hold 3,500 barriques. In the depth of this ageing cellar, where the rock faces become part of the décor, natural underground springs regulate the level of humidity. Well worth a visit! Fonterutoli’s Chianti Classico is a classic showing fine silky tannins, very balanced, elegant and persistent. Super Tuscan Poggio Alla Badiola is a Sangiovese based blend with Merlot and Cabernet. Fonterutoli also offers accommodation and has a good restaurant at the entrance of its premises. The on-site enoteca open daily provides wine and olive oil tastings as well as wine workshops.
Useful information: The enoteca is open all year 09.00-19.00 (20.00 on Thursday and Friday). No appointment is needed for the winery visits. If you are a group, it is advisable to book. For details of guided tours see the page on their website: www.mazzei.it/eng_296. For restaurant reservations telephone 0577 741125 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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