Owners | The Cantalici brothers. Until the mid-1990s they had worked in forestry with their father Loris, tending the woods that alternate with vineyards. In 1995 Carlo and Daniele decided to specialize in wine growing. They already had their own company, creating olive groves and vineyards, with services ranging from vine spacing and exposure to actual planting. Carlo and Daniele set up their own winery, Cantalici, which planted its first vines in 1999.
The estate | The first documentary evidence of the “fornace” (kiln) can be found on a map of the area from between 1583 and 1585. It identifies the building as “Fornace di Ridolfo Zati” – its owner at the time. A member of an old and wealthy Florentine family, Ridolfo Zati acquired the property where the kiln stood in 1556 as part of the dowry of his marriage to the only daughter of another wealthy Florentine citizen, Giovanni di Stefano Covoni who owned many estates near Castagnoli. Even though his name is on the map there is some question as to whether or not Zati completed the work on the kiln. Between the end of the 1960s and early 1970s the Castagnoli holding was on sale and Loris Cantalici purchased it in 1972. The rebirth of the kiln, with its centuries-long heritage and its place in the living memory of the local social fabric proceeds alongside Carlo and Daniele’s wine venture.
Organic certification | 2016 Certified organic.
Vineyards | hectares (acres).
Cantavento, IGT Toscana Bianco | 2016 100% Malvasia.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Baruffo | 2015 100% Sangiovese. Bit green and simple (Anteprima 2018).
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Baruffo | 2015 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione, Cantalici | 2015 100% Sangiovese.
Petali, IGT Toscana Rosso | 2016 100% Sangiovese.
L’Antica Fornace di Ridolfo – Cantalici
Via Della Croce 17/19
I-53013, Gaiole in Chianti (SI), Italy
Tel +39 0577 731038 | www.cantalici.it