CAPARSA is an organic winery in Radda in Chianti in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Italy. Paolo Cianferoni and his wife Gianna took over here in 1982. Paolo’s father Reginaldo Cianferoni bought Caparsa in 1965. They have five children called Federico (marketing), Filippo (oenologist), Fiamma, Flavio and and Francesco. Paolo Cianferoni has strong views on the Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione category. 

VINEYARDS / 2005 11 hectares. 2017 14 hectares (acres) of vineyards (the estate comprises 28 hectares in total I think), mainly red. Pretty extreme, steep and north facing but very low yields. Doug Wregg (perso) says ‘Yes, north east facing vines – lots of quartz and marls in the soils and well drained.’ Cover crops. Very small grapes, very low disease pressure. 350-450 metres a.s.l.

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION / 2005 First vintage with full organic certification. / 2017 Still certified organic.


IGT TOSCANO BIANCO, BIANCO DI CAPARSINO / 2006 Trebbiano and Malvasia. €7 prix particuliers. Bit oxidised at Millésime Bio 29 Jan 2008.


ROSATO DI CAPARSA / 100% Sangiovese. Fermented in cement tanks.


ROSSO DI CAPARSA / NV Vino da Tavola. Sangiovese, Canaiolo. Lightish colour, mercaptan, fizzy and green, light style of fruit, cherry, could be a unique expression of Sangiovese or a badly made light country wine probably from 2002 but the fruit, what there is of it, does have some purity at Argiano on 31 March 2005. Now labelled as IGT Toscano Rosso.

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA, CAPARSINO / 100% Sangiovese. Hot, dry, NW-facing site. / 1999 100% Sangiovese. Lovely wild black fruit and a bit of new oak which has deadened its natural ebullience but again nice purity, not as knit as the 2001 at Argiano on Thursday 31 March 2005. / 2006 13%. / 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva. 97% Sangiovese, 3% Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo. Nice warm funk, ageing well, decent flesh–I think this is ready at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016. / 2012 Sweet fruit and brett at the Real Wine Fair, Tobacco Dock 7th May 2017. / 2015 100% Sangiovese. 18m in large oak vats. Decent weight.1Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018.

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA, DOCCIO A MATTEO / From vines at 420 metres (feet). / 1997 100% Sangiovese. / 1999 100% Sangiovese. / 2000 100% Sangiovese. / 2001 Sangiovese and a bit of Ancelotta with some barrel aging. Lovely wild fruit nose, clean and just a bit green, nice width to the tannin, beautifully pure and soft dogshit and hedgerow style and light in terms of alcohol, but really pure, reminds me a little of Chateau Meylet’s St Emilion when tasted at Argiano on Thursday 31 March 2005. / 2005 Bit high tone at Millésime Bio 29 Jan 2008. / 2015 97% Sangiovese, 3% Colorino. Three soil types. Lovely crunch, decent weight.2Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018.


VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO, DI CAPARSINO / Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianco, Canaiolo.


Caparsa, Loc Caparsino, 48 / I-53017 Radda in Chianti (FI = Firenze), Italy / Tel+39 (0)577.738174 or 738639 (shop) / Website