Profile of San Fabiano Calcinaia Winery

San Fabiano Calcinaia Winery, Chianti Classico, Tuscany

Tucked among the rolling hillsides of Chianti, the San Fabiano Calcinaia estate is one of Tuscany's most beautiful. Neat rows of impeccably tended vineyards extend away from the heart of the estate -- a cluster of stone buildings that trace their origins all the way back to 1000AD, when this was an independent village. Strolling among these ancient Tuscan constructions and the wonderful gardens interspersed among them is like taking a step back in time. Even if the wines weren't wonderful (which they are) this winery would be a magical place to visit thanks to its history and setting alone.

These days, the property is owned and run by Guido Serio, who bought it in 1983 and restored it in 1990. Serio and his wife worked tirelessly to renovate the estate and restore both the property's vineyards and dwellings, but to complement this unmatchable setting, they knew that a truly elite wine would be called for. Enter Carlo Ferrini, one of Italy's premier winemakers and, along with viticulturist Rocco Giorgio, the man responsible for turning San Fabiano Calcinaia from a must-see cultural sight into a truly remarkable wine producer. The pair has gained fame throughout the wine world for their consistently excellent creations of both high-end and simpler wines.

San Fabiano Calcinaia's best-known, and most-awarded, creation is Cerviolo Rosso, a Super Tuscan blend, it is a vibrant and crisp wine often noted for its toasty oak and red berry aromas. Another iconic wine is the Chianti Classico Riserva Cellole, another highly prized blend known for its balance of ripe fruit, spicy notes and minerally tang.

Wines Produced

Chianti Classico San Fabiano Calcinaia 100% Sangiovese, aged in French oak for 12 months, 13,5% alcohol
Chianti Classico Riserva Cellole Blend of Sangiovese and Merlot; aged in French oak; 14% alcohol
Cerviolo Rosso Blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; aged in French oak for 15-16 months; 14.5% alcohol
Cerviolo Blanco Blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc; aged in French oak for 6-8 months; 13-14% alcohol
Casa Boschino 80% Sangiovese and 20% other grapes; 12.5% alcohol

Winery Details

D.O.C/D.O.C.G:Chianti Classico DOCG, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC
Vineyards:The two main estates, totalling 44 hectares of vinyeyards, are San Fabiano Calcinaia (located in Chianti Classico between the towns of Poggibonsi and Castellina), and Castellina (located in Chianti). The firm's best-known vineyard is the steep Cellole, source of the Chianti Classico Riserva Cellole.
Owner:Guido Serio
Winemaker:Carlo Ferrini
Area under Vine:44 hectares
Oak:700 oak barrels of mostly French origin
Age of vines:The oldest vines date back 1985, the youngest ones date to 2003
Grape Varietals: Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blanc

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