Carpineto: A partnership made in 1967 between the Sacchet and Zaccheo families, based in Località Dudda in Greve in Chianti in Tuscany. Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio M. Zaccheo’s original aim was to produce Chianti Classico. Now they produce wines from all over Tuscany. Carpineto has 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of land in total across four Tuscan regions, namely Chianti Classico DOCG, Montalcino, Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) and the Maremma. Of this 160 hectares (395 acres) is woodland. See Carpineto Chianti Classico, Carpineto Montalcino and Carpineto Montepulciano.
People: General Manager: Antonio M Zaccheo. Winemaker: Caterina Sacchet. Agronomist: Mauro Micheli.
Giovanni Carlo Sacchet: An enologist by vocation, not by family tradition, Giovanni Carlo Sacchet fell in love with Tuscany, his adopted land. He is originally from the province of Belluno, a mountainous area at the northeast corner of Italy. After graduating from the School of Enology in Conegliano he moved to Tuscany where he began his professional experience contributing to the Tuscan wine Renaissance. It was destiny that he should meet Antonio Mario Zaccheo, with whom he shares the same passion and objectives. Together they embarked on a great adventure in Chianti Classico called ‘Carpineto’. Together with his staff, he follows in great detail the daily operations of the winery, from winemaking to bottling, including label design. On a hillside overlooking the Chianti hills and the Valdarno Superiore valley, near the Gaville estate, is where Giancarlo, his wife Daniela, and their two daughters, Caterina and Elisabetta, call home.
Antonio Mario Zaccheo: Born to a family of winemakers, his experience began at the family farm first in Puglia then in Lazio, near Rome. Since his youth, he was involved in all aspects of grape growing and winemaking, as well as sales, never having any doubt that he was going to remain a winemaker. After graduating from high school he was convinced that the Chianti Classico region was the place for realizing his dreams. It was destiny that he should meet Giovanni Carlo Sacchet, with whom he shares a love for Tuscany as well as the same passion and objectives. Together they embarked on a great Tuscan adventure called ‘Carpineto’, which today is a quality leader known worldwide.
Organic certification: Yes, but for only one vineyard in Chianti which has been certified since 2001 by Suolo e Salute.
Gaville Estate, Alto Valdarno: Situated in the Alto Valdarno in the Province of Firenze (Florence) on a hilltop at an elevation of 300 meters above sea level (1,000 feet) near the Etruscan village of Gaville. This historic estate overlooks the Arno river valley to the South and the Chianti Classico hills to the North and East. Olive trees and vineyards
The 65 hectares (156 acres) of dry farmed land extends downward a gentle, south-facing slope. The 13 hectares (31 acres) of vineyards are planted mostly to Sangiovese, and other experimental grape varieties. The vineyards, in this pastoral environment, yield age-worthy wines of great structure and intensity and are part of the “Appodiati” single vineyard program
The vineyards are complemented by a 17-hectare (41 acres) orchard of olive trees that are planted to the classic Tuscan varieties of Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino and Pendolino. Within this estate lies an ancient, traditional farmhouse complex dating back to the 11th century that has been renovated. The main building houses a traditional olive crushing mill, as well as modern decanting and bottling equipment, known in Italian as a “frantoio”. There are also a multitude of stainless steel tanks used for the storage, racking and blending of the estate’s extra virgin olive oil.
In an underground aging cellar, below the olive oil bottling line, there are about 1,000 barrels exclusively dedicated to the aging of the Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon
Valcolomba Estate, Maremma: In Gavorrano on the Tuscan coast. Valcolomba winery is located in the Montereggio area of Maremma. Over 165 hectares of land. 10ha of vines. Vermentino, Sangiovese, Teroldego and Merlot. Also over 5ha of olive trees: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino and Pendolino. A third of the property is Mediterranean macchia or evergreen shrubland, and is home to the Carpineto cinta senese, a prized breed of pig. The rest of Valcolomba consists of red rolling hills, lined with oak treed and olive trees.
Toscana, Farnito Chardonnay Brut | Vino spumante di Qualità. NV 100% Chardonnay. £15-29.99. Warm buttery oak, dense and creamy oak, plenty of ripe fruit and autolysis at the end. 16.5 Points. Silver at DWWA 29th April 2013.
Toscana Bianco, Dogajolo | Chardonnay, Grechetto and Sauvignon Blanc.
Maremma Toscana Bianco, Valcolomba | Vermentino.
Toscana Rosato, Dogajolo
Chianti DOCG: Made from a single organic vineyard.
Chianti DOCG, Castaldo
Chianti Classico DOCG, Carpineto: 2017 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Carpineto: 2009 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo. £15-29.99. Black colour, smoky oak nose, dumb, sawdust, sweet blackcurrant fruit, dense if monotone. 16 Points. Bronze at DWWA 30th April 2013. | 2017 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo.
Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione, Carpineto: 2017 100% Sangiovese.
Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon: 2008 Toscana Rosso. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. £15-29.99. Animal/leather nose, broad, starting to open, quite sticky on the palate, ripe raisin and raspberry. 16 Points. Bronze at DWWA 30th April 2013.
Farnito Camponibbio: A Toscana Rosso. High density Sangiovese and Cabernet, plus other grapes.
Maremma Toscana Rosso, Valcolomba: Merlot.
Dogajolo: A Toscana Rosso. Upto 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet and other grapes.
Spolverino: A Toscana Rosso.
Vin Santo del Chianti DOC, Farnito | Minimum 70% Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia.
Chianti Classico: Carpineto, Localita Dudda, 17B | Greve in Chianti (FI = Firenze), Italy | Tel+39 055 8549062.