SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA is a township (‘comune’) in the Tuscan province of Firenze (Florence), Italy. About four-fifths of its territory falls within the Chianti Classico DOCG (Nesto & Savino, 2016, p105), making it one of nine townships within this DOCG.

TERROIR | The township covers a surface area of 42 square miles (108 square kilometres). Although San Casciano is in the northern part of the Chianti Classico zone it is relatively warm, there being no high peaks blocking it from warm Mediterranean breezes from the west. The soil is alluvial with both galestro and pudding stones.

VINEYARD AREA | 2014 993.50 hectares representing 15.34% of the total Chianti Classico DOCG vineyard area of 6,476.66 hectares, making it Chianti Classico’s fourth biggest vineyard township (Source: Enoproject, Franco Bernabei).

SAN CASCIANO CLASSICO

In November 2018 a group of 25 wineries from San Casciano and with Chianti Classico DOCG vineyards founded their own (non-profit) association called San Casciano Classico. The Association’s aim includes promotional initiatives and research (soil studies, climate data). The initial board of directors consisted of: Chairman Antonio Nunzi Conti (Tenuta Villa Barberino – Famiglia Nunzi Conti), Vice-chairman Niccolò Montecchi (Az. Agr. Villa del Cigliano), Treasurer Maddalena Fucile (Az. Agr. Fattoria Cigliano di Sopra) and board members Duccio Corsini (Az. Agr Villa Le Corti) and Alessandro Palombo (Az. Agr Fattoria di Luiano).

WINERIES

CERTIFIED ORGANIC | Fattoria Ispoli. | Fattoria San Michele a Torri. | La Querce Seconda. | La Sala. | Montesecondo. | Orsumella. | Poggio Torselli. | Tenuta la Gabbiola–see Fattoria San Michele a Torri. | Principe Corsini – Villa Le Corti.

NO CERTIFICATION | Carus Vini. | Casa di Monte. | Castello di Gabbiano. / Collazzi. | Fattoria Cigliano di Sopra. | Fattoria Poggiopiano. | Il Borghetto. | Luiano. | Pieve di Campoli. | Poggio Borgoni. | Solatione. | Tenuta Villa Barberino – Famiglia Nunzi Conti. | Terre di Perseto. | Villa del Cigliano. | Villa Mangiacane. | Villa Montepaldi. | Villa San Andrea. | Villa Vallacchio.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bill Nesto MW & Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico, the Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, (University of California Press, 2016).