Capannelle Winery Guide
The Capannelle Winery story 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 much attention 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. Famed gourmands like Frank Sinatra and Alain Delon quickly snapped up those bottles, which ensured Capannelle wines a place in Chianti Classico 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. However, the facility’s stark modern style 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, made with organically grown olives, and its luxury boutique hotel, an exclusive five-room oasis overlooking gardens and vineyards.
Solare 50&5050% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese - most famous wine the estate produces
Capannelle Chardonnay100% Barrel fermented Chardonnay, one of the best chardonnays in Italy
Chianti Classico Riserva100% Sangiovese - Chianti Classico Riserva
Facts & Figures
(DOCG) Chianti Classico
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
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).
James B. Sherwood
80,000 bottles per year
Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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Malvasia Nera is an aromatic, thin-skinned grape variety within the Malvasia family, used for various wine styles, including dry, sweet, and sparkling. While not commonly made into varietal wines, it's often blended, imparting cherry and plum flavors to light-to-medium-bodied wines.
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