Villa Trasqua | Organic estate in Trasqua, a locality (‘frazione’) within the commune of Castellina in Chianti in the south western part of the Chianti Classico DOCG in Tuscany. A Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC is also made.
Owner | First planted in 1965, Villa Trasqua is now Dutch/Swiss owned. Hans Hulsbergen, a Dutchman with a great passion for wine, bought it in 2001. His three children were born and bred in Switzerland, where one son is also a wine producer (in and around the Rheintal, so they have funny varietals like Cabernet Dorsa). Villa Trasqua is mostly managed by the eldest son, Alan Hulsbergen, who speaks Swiss-German, German, Dutch, English, and some Italian. His original training and work however lie elsewhere, which is why they work with Franco Bernabei (and his collaborators and agronomists at Enoproject) and Agriarte for production.
Staff | In-house cellar-master: Andrea Contarino, a Sicilian who speaks only Italian. / Winemaker: Swiss oenologist Andreas Stössel has over 20 years of experience in Tuscany. He was running the Valtellina estate in Radda-in-Chianti before moving to Villa Trasqua. | Winemaking consultant: Franco Bernabei.
Vineyards | 120 hectares of land in tota in the locality of Trasqua, north of Siena in Castellina in Chianti, overlooked by Monteriggioni. | Newer vineyards are planted at higher densities of over 7,000 vines per hectare. | 2018 56 hectares of vines in early 2018 with 6 hectares more due to be planted. The best vineyard is called Nerento.
Organic certification | 2016 First vintage with full organic certification.
Winery | Gravity fed winery built on several levels. 3000 square metres. Modern. French oak barrels.
Trastella Bianco | Vermentino.
Trasquanello Roscato | Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Villa Trasqua | 2012 14%. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino and Malvasia Nera. OK, bottle Silvana was given, tried in Viale Piave 32 in early April 2016. | 2015 80% Sangiovese, 20% other grapes. 8 months in big barrels, eight more in concrete and finally, steel. Simple, round fruit at the Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018.
Chianti Classico DOCG, DOCG Riserva, Fanatico | 2009 Chianti Classico DOCG 100% Sangiovese. | 2011 Chianti Classico DOCG 100% Sangiovese. | 2013 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 80% Sangiovese, 20% other grapes.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Evoluto | 2010 95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino and Malvasia Nera.
Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione, Nerento | The name might be mythical, a tree of life reference or from the Latin “nerent,” meaning courting. The wine comes from a centrally located plot on the estate deep red soil. | 2008 Chianti Classico DOCG 100% Sangiovese from the Nerento vineyard. | 2011 Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 100% Sangiovese. Marked by new oak at the Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018.
Other red wines
IGT Toscano Rosso, Traluna | A lightly wooded, fruit driven, easy drinking wine. | 2011 88% Sangiovese, 12% Alicante Bouschet.
IGT Toscano Rosso, Tranobili | 2016 85% Sangiovese, 15% Alicante Boushet.
IGT Toscano Rosso, Trasgaia | The name also combines and returns the estate (‘Tras’) to the earth (‘Gaia’). Supertuscan. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. 24 months in French oak barriques. | 2009 50% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. | 2012 50% Sangiovese, 35-40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10-15% Cabernet Franc. From the sandy Trasqua soils abutting Nerento. Bottled May of 2016.
IGT Toscano Rosso, Trasolo | 2008 100% Merlot.
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC Occhio di Pernice, Trasanto | 2005 100% Sangiovese.
Olives | Ten hectares of olives, with over 3,000 trees, are set aside for the extra virgin olive oil production
Other land | Woodland. Sowable field crops.
Tenuta Villa Trasqua
Loc. Trasqua, I-53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.743075 | www.villatrasqua.it