Cappella Sant’Andrea is an organic estate winery in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany in Italy, north-east of the town itself, in località Casale. White wine is made under the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG. Red wine is made under the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG.
Owner: The Leoncini family.
Consultant: Paolo Salvi.
Background: Cappella Sant’Andrea was bought in the 1950s by Giovanni and Renato Leoncini. In the 1990’s and with his daughter Antonella, Giovanni built a new cellar and extended his vineyard holdings and, with advice from oenologist Paolo Salvi in collaboration with Giulio Gambelli new wines were launched: San Gimignano Rosso DOC Serreto and Vernaccia Selezione Rialto. Antonella Leoncini now runs the farm with her daughter Flavia Del Seta (third generation) and Flavia’s husband Francesco.
Vineyards: There are 30ha (74 acres) of land in San Gimignano and in two areas. Of this 8ha (20 acres) are vineyards. Just over half (4.6ha/11.4 acres) is for Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The (4.6ha of) white wine vineyards are near the winery at the aforementioned Loc. Casale, which is 0.62 miles/1km from San Gimignano itself. The terroir here is hilly, on fossil-rich sandy clay soils of marine (Pliocene) origin. The Leoncini family also have 1.5ha (3.7 acres) of Sangiovese & Ciliegiolo vines around their historic residence or palazzo, Villa Palagio, at Loc. Sant’Andrea. This is 4km/2.5miles from San Gimignano, on terrain which is more open and valleyed than that at Loc. Casale. The wine from here, a Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, is called Arciduca.
Organic certification: 2013 First vintage with full organic certification.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Cappellasantandrea: 2012 Skin contact. Cold settled. Nice weight and depth (Anteprima, 2013). Around 22,000 bottles. | 2016 3 months on lees. Vibrant, very good (Anteprima 2014).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Toi: Sold in half bottles only. See also the Moi red, below.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Clara Stella: Entry level. 2017 Crisp, salty and vibrant (Anteprima 2018). |2018 Lovely bright, salty fruit (2019 Anteprima). | 2019 Crisp, clear, and rich (Anteprima, 2020).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Rialto: From the oldest Vernaccia vines (mid-1960s) or best bunches. Around 3,000 bottles. | 2010 Nice if a bit bitter (Anteprima 2013). | 2012 70% Barrel fermented. 5m on lees. MLF. Nice natural style with low sulfurs (Anteprima 2013). | 2016 Quite Burgundian and with nice lift (2019 Anteprima). | 2017 20 hours in the press. No oak. Lovely tang and intensity (2019 Anteprima). | 2018 Crisp and rich (Anteprima, 2020).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva, Prima Luce: ‘First light.’ From old vines. East-facing. Fermented in terra cotta on the skins for 2 weeks. Low sulfites. Ages on fine lees for 12m. Part oak aged. | 2015 Lovely intensity and freshness (2019 Anteprima). | 2016 Lovely mix of tannin and juicy savoury fruit (2019 Anteprima). | 2017 14% alc. Creamy and well textured (Anteprima, 2020).
Toscana Rosato, Rosaeto (sic): Sangiovese. Short skin maceration.
Toscana Rosso, Tina: The entry level red, light and easy. 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot. Fermented in small cement vats. Around 7,000 bottles. Sangiovese, Merlot and Ciliegiolo.
Toscana Rosso, Donna Flavia: 85% Ciliegiolo (historically used in Tuscany to soften the Sangiovese, 15% Sangiovese, Colorino, Merlot. | 2011 1,000 bottles. No oak. Bottled Sept 2013.
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Arciduca: Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo grown around Villa Palagio. The owners call it a ‘a real toscanaccio’, strongly traditional with good acidity.
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Moi: Sold in half bottles only. See also the Toi white, above.
Toscana Rosso, Serreto: The flagship red. From the best Sangiovese and Merlot. Fermented apart in small cement vats. 3 weeks on skins. Aged in new French oak barriques. Around 3,000 bottles.
Other crops: The estate also produces olive oil and grappa di Vernaccia, and can host group lunches/cooking lessons.
Cappella di Sant’Andrea
Loc. Casale, 26 – I-53037 San Gimignano (SI), Italy
Tel+39 0577.940456 | www.cappellasantandrea.it