Chianti Classico

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

Villa Cafaggio produces a Chianti Classico made exclusively with Sangiovese grapes. The vines grow on land owned by and surrounding the estate, which is situated in Panzano in Chianti, set in the heart of the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin), one of the symbols of Tuscan wine-making.

  • Vine: Sangiovese (clone: VCR4-VCR5; rootstock: 1103 P)
  • Vineyard location: Cafaggio, Conca d’Oro and Panzano in Chianti
  • Exposure and altitude: south/south-east/south-west, on average 320 m ASL
  • Soil composition: silty-clay loam soil, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone of ‘Argille scagliose’ (scaly clay) formation.
  • Training system: spurred cordon, Guyot
  • Planting density: on average 5,900 vines/hectare
  • Vinification process:manual harvesting in late September and early October, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures, breaking and soaking of the marc through pump-overs with air, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, maturation for 12 months in 65 hl Slavonian oak barrels, and bottle-aged for three months before sales start.

 

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva is obtained exclusively from Sangiovese grapes. Grown on land owned by the estate, the vineyard, situated in Panzano in Chianti, extends along the sunny slopes of the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin), a wine- growing area of great value.

  • Vine: Sangiovese (clone: VCR4-VCR5; rootstock: 1103 P)
  • Vineyard location:Cafaggio, Conca d’Oro and Panzano in Chianti
  • Exposure and altitude:south/south-east/south-west, 320 m ASL
  • Soil composition:silty-clay loam soil, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone of ‘Argille scagliose’ (scaly clay) formation.
  • Training system:spurred cordon, Guyot
  • Planting density:on average 5,900 vines/hectare
  • Vinification process: manual harvesting in late September and early October, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures, breaking and soaking of the marc through pump-overs with air, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, maturation for 18 months in medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels, and bottle-aged for three months before sales start.

Indicazione Geografica Tipica

Basilica del Pruneto is an unblended Merlot wine obtained from the cultivation of a small 1.9-hectare vineyard on clayey soil overlooking the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin). The soil of this vineyard proved to be the most suitable to enhance the characteristics of this French grape variety. Vinified at a controlled temperature, Basilica del Pruneto matures for 18 months, in equal measure, in French Tronçais and Allier oak barriques, within which malolactic fermentation also occurs.

  • Vine:Merlot (clone: 181; rootstock: 110 Richter)
  • Vineyard location:Pruneto, Conca d’Oro and Panzano in Chianti
  • Exposure and altitude:south, 320 m ASL
  • Soil composition:silty-clay loam soil, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone of ‘Argille scagliose’ (scaly clay) formation
  • Training system:spurred cordon
  • Planting density:5,900 vines/hectare
  • Vinification process: manual harvesting in late September, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, breaking and soaking of the marc through manual pressing and pump-overs with air, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, maturation for 18 months in 225-litre medium- toasted French oak barriques (Tronçais and Allier), and bottle-aged for six months before sales start.

Indicazione Geografica Tipica

Basilica del Cortaccio, an elite vineyard in Cafaggio, comprises 4.2 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, with sensorial attributes that reflect a fine ‘terroir’, evoking the variety of origin. Produced for the first time in 1989, the Basilica del Cortaccio variety is grown according to the principles of organic farming.

  • Vine:Cabernet Sauvignon (clones: 338-118-191-151- 169; rootstock: 110 Richter)
  • Vineyard location:Cortaccio, Conca d’Oro and Panzano in Chianti
  • Exposure and altitude:south-west, 355 m ASL
  • Soil composition:silty-clay loam soil, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone of ‘Argille scagliose’ (scaly clay) formation.
  • Training system:spurred cordon
  • Planting density:7,200 vines/hectare
  • Vinification process: manual harvesting in mid-October, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, breaking and soaking of the marc through manual pressing and pump-overs with air, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, maturation for 18 months in French oak (Tronçais and Allier) barriques that have been used once previously (medium-toasted), and bottle-aged for six months before sales start.

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

Basilica San Martino is a Chianti Classico Riserva with an international feel, and with a first vintage dating back to 1985. The vineyard covers 3,82 hectares, faces south/ south-east and is named after the ancient church of San Martino in Cecione, to which it was once attached.

  • Vine:5% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
  • Vineyard location:San Martino, Conca d’Oro and Panzano in Chianti
  • Exposure and altitude:south-east, 365 m ASL
  • Soil composition:silty-clay loam soil, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone of ‘Argille scagliose’ (scaly clay) formation.
  • Training system:Guyot
  • Planting density: 7,200 vines/hectare
  • Vinification process: manual harvesting in early October, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, breaking and soaking of the marc through manual pressing and pump- overs with air, long post-alcoholic maceration of the submerged caps, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, maturation for 18 months in French oak (Tronçais and Allier) barriques that have been used once, twice and three times previously (medium-toasted), and bottle-aged for six months before sales start.

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

Basilica Solatìo was previously produced from 1981 to 1995, and is back on the scene with its 2010 vintage, aiming to become the emblem of Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva. This wine is obtained from the finest grapes in the Solatìo vineyard, in which the Sangiovese variety was planted in the early nineties, and which covers 2,2 hectares in one of the most sun-exposed sites of the entire “Conca d’Oro”.

  • Vine:Sangiovese (clone T19; rootstock: 1103 Paulsen)
  • Vineyard location:Solatìo, Conca d’Oro and Panzano in Chianti
  • Exposure and altitude: south, 345 m ASL
  • Soil composition: silty-clay loam soil, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone of ‘Argille scagliose’ (scaly clay) formation.
  • Training system: spurred cordon
  • Planting density:5,400 vines/hectare
  • Vinification process: manual harvesting in early October, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, breaking and soaking of the marc through manual pressing and pump- overs with air, long post-alcoholic maceration of the submerged caps, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, maturation for 30 months in medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels, further maturation for 12 months in glass-lined cement vats and bottle- aged for six months before sales start.