Profile of Capannelle Winery

Capannelle Winery, Chianti Classico, Tuscany

The story of the Capannelle Winery predates the book and movie sensation “Under the Tuscan Sun”, but it’s no less compelling. In 1974, business executive Raffaele Rossetti traded his job in Rome (where he worked in laminated plastics, of all things) for a life in the Tuscan countryside. He bought and restored Capannelle, a 16th-century Tuscan farmhouse where he would create a pioneering boutique winery, and set about blending some of Chianti’s most coveted wines.

From the very first vintage (1975), Capannelle’s wines made a splash. As one of the first Tuscan winemakers to use stainless steel tanks, Rossetti’s innovative techniques drew the attention of many in the industry. His marketing plans were no less unique; among his first bottles were special editions with 18-carat gold and .925 silver labels made by a Florentine artisan. Those bottles were quickly snapped up by famed gourmands like Frank Sinatra, Donald Trump, and Alain Delon, who ensured Capannelle wines a place in Chianti lore.

In 1997, American James Sherwood bought the Gaiole-based winery, although he kept the charismatic Rossetti on as a consultant. Since then, Capannelle has confirmed its position as an exclusive, state-of-the-art wine producer. The underground winery and cellars feature only the highest quality and most innovative winemaking technology. The facility’s stark modern style, however, is in distinct contrast to the old-world charm and beauty of the winery building itself, which is pure Tuscan. The results of the old-meets-new approach are Capannelle’s effortlessly elegant yet pleasingly complex wines.

Capannelle has also earned fame for its delectable Olive Oils, which are made with organically grown olives, and for its luxury boutique hotel, an exclusive five-room oasis overlooking gardens and vineyards.

Wines Produced

Solare 50&50 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese - most famous wine the estate produces
Capannelle Chardonnay 100% Barrel fermented Chardonnay, one of the best chardonnays in Italy
Chianti Classico Riserva Made with Chianti Classico's flagship Sangiovese (90%) and Canaiolo (10%) grapes. Aged for minimum 2 years in oak.

Winery Details

Recent awards: 2006, Decanter Magazine awarded the 2001 Sangioveto a Silver Medal
D.O.C.G: Chianti Classico
Province: Siena, Village: Gaiole
Founded: 1974
Owner: James B. Sherwood.
Winemaker: Simone Monciatti
Area under Vine: 50 hectares (123.5 acres)
Oak: Capannelle produces a limited number of bottles, 80.000 a year, divided among a chianti classico Riserva and an IGT matured in big Oak Barrels (35.000), Solare aged in French Barriques (30.000), Chardonnay aged and fermented in French Barriques (5.000), 50&50 (10.000).
Grape Varietals: Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera
Production: 80,000 bottles per year

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