Casa alle Vacche is an estate winery in Pancole, a frazione within Località Lucignano in the north-north-west of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy. It makes Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG white wines, San Gimignano Rosso DOC and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG red wines, and a sweet Vin Santo del Chianti DOC.
Owner: The Ciappi brothers, Fernando (who I met and who supports Fiorentina) and Lorenzo and their father Silvano.
The name: The name of the estate is ‘cow house’, referring to the fact that the oldest building here, from the 19th-century was a cow shed.
Staff: Paolo Salvi consults.
Estate vineyards & wine production: 2005 In 2005 there were 30ha of vines (around 120,000 bottles) of which 22ha estate vineyards and 8ha rented. 210-280 metres. 3,000-4,500 vines/ha. Also 2.5ha of olives, plus cereals and woodland. | 2018 25 hectares in total. 12 hectares for Vernaccia di San Gimignano. 28ha producing 150,000 bottles (Gambero Rosso: 2015, p.574).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Casa alle Vacche: 2012 Nice weight, tangerine, a bit phenolic perhaps (2013 Anteprima).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, I Macchioni: A cru. SW-sw facing site. | 2003 A bit corked (visit, 2005). | 2011 10,000 bottles. Unoaked. Again a bit phenolic, decent weight (2013 Anteprima). | 2017 Clean, green apple citrus (2019 Anteprima).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva, Crocus: Crocus is named after the plant which some farmersSan Gimignano grow to produce saffron. | 2002 Barrel fermented. Rich, bit clumsy, not bad (visit 2005). | 2010 Get wood on this from the wooded 10% Chardonnay portion, bit flat (2013 Anteprima).
Sangiovese Bianco: 2016 Bottled.
Ciliegiolo: 2016 Bottled.
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG: 2003 Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo, Malvasia. Was soft and delicious fermented in cement with no wood; perfumed; elegant; refreshing; very good (visit, 2005).
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Cinabro: 2002 100% Sangiovese only ie 90% here; as old vines mixed in like Canaiolo and Colorino; quite chunky, well made (visit, 2005).
San Gimignano Rosso DOC, Acantho: 2003 85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and Canaiolo. Aged in oak. Peppery nose, alcoholic and a bit green, smoky unknit vanilla aftertaste (at Fattoria di Larniano 14th Feb 2005, evening).
Toscana Rosso, Aglieno: 67% Sangiovese and 33% Merlot.
Vin Santo del Chianti DOC: Trebbiano, Malvasia and Vernaccia.
Seven appartments. Two for four people with kitchen, and five flats for 2 people with kitchen. Open all year. Swimming pool. Very quiet spot. Can see San Gimignano’s towers from here across the hills.
Casa alle Vacche
Loc. Lucignano 73/A
I-53037 San Gimignano (SI), Italy
Tel+39 0577.955103 | www.www.casaallevacche.it
Visit to the winery on Tuesday 15th Feb 2005.