Background | Beringer Wine Estates (Beringer), which had become part of the wine division of Foster’s in October 2000, concluded the acquisition of Castello di Gabbiano and “Cerbaiola,” a 57-acre property located in Chianti Classico, about 10 miles from Castello di Gabbiano in December 2000. Gabbiano grew to become the number two selling Chianti in US grocery stores, since Beringer began importing Gabbiano in 1995. Mr Terry Davis, Managing Director of the Foster’s wine division which combines Beringer and Mildara Blass Limited said “Where possible, it is our preference to own brands outright to ensure that we maximise the benefits of our unrivalled international distribution and brand management capability in the high-growth, high-return wine sector,” he said. The price paid for 100% of the shares in the two estates was US$18 million (around A$35 million). Arrangements are in place for the existing management to provide consulting services over the next three years. Former owner Rino [and Raynelle Arcaini] Arcaini will remain active in management while Giancarlo Roman will remain as winemaker at Castello di Gabbiano. Included in the sale of Castello di Cabbiano’s 900 year-old Tuscan wine estate is the historic Castello (castle) and surrounding property, which includes guest cottages, an ancient wine cellar, a modern winery, and 254 acres of land. A 57-acre property located in Chianti Classico, about 10 miles from Castello di Gabbiano, has also been purchased.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Cavaliere d’Oro | 2017 90% Sangiovese, 5% each Merlot and Colorino.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Cavaliere d’Oro | 2013 Bottled. | 2015 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. | 2016 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. | 2018 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione, , Cavaliere d’Oro Bellezza | 2015 100% Sangiovese.
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, Castello di Gabbiano | 2011 50% Malvasia, 50% Trebbiano. | 2013 60% Trebbiano, 30% Malvasia, 10% Sangiovese.
Castello di Gabbiano, San Casciano in Val di Pesa.