Casa Emma is an estate in San Donato in Poggio, a locality in Barberino Val d’Elsa in the centre of the Chianti Classico DOCG region of Tuscany.

Owners: The Bucalossi family. They bought the estate from the Florentine noblewoman Emma Bizzarri and retained the latter’s first name in the title of the estate, respecting the historical roots of this land. The Bucalossi family is represented today by Fiorella Lepri.

Staff: Winemaker, oenologist and agronomist: Marco Salvatore (from Greve). (Nicolò D’Afflitto previously consulted).

Vineyards, wine production: In the Chianti Classico DOCG. 35ha of land of which 27ha of vines, plus olives and a botanical park. 420m. 60% clay, with limestone, sand and lots of stones. The main grape variety is Sangiovese, plus Merlot plus Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo. | 25ha producing 90,000 bottles (Gambero Rosso: 2015, p.574).

Biodiversity : Geese were used for weed control in one Sangiovese vineyard planted in June 2015. From 2012 the estate stopped using herbicides. The geese (40 of them) were still there in early 2019.

Organic certification: 2019 No.

Red wines

Chianti Classico DOCG, Casa Emma: 2017 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot. Modernist fruit, but with tartrates too (Anteprima 2019). | 2018 90% Sangiovese, 10% Malvasia Nera & Canaiolo Nero.

Chianti Classico DOCG, Vignalparco: A single site at 420 metres. | 2015 100% Sangiovese. A bit four-square and green (Anteprima 2019). 

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Casa Emma1993 Bottled. | 1995 Bottled. 1997 Bottled. | 1999 Bottled. | 2015 95% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera. | 2016 95% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera.

Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione, Casa Emma: 2012 100% Sangiovese. | 2015 100% Sangiovese.

Harenae, Toscana Rosso IGT: 100% Sangiovese. Vinified in clay amphorae.

Soloìo, Toscana Rosso IGT: Merlot. 1994 Bottled. | 1997 Bottled. | 1999 Bottled. | 2000 Bottled.


Casa Emma, S.P. di Castellina in Chianti, 3

San Donato in Poggio

I-50021 Barberino Val d’Elsa (FI), Italy

Tel 055.807 2239 | Website