Castello Nipozzano is located in the Chianti Rufinà DOCG, Tuscany owned by the Tuscan winemaking family, Frescobaldi. The estate passed into the Frescobaldi family in the 19th-century when the daughter of Marchese Vittorio degli Albizi (a winemaker) married a Frescobaldi (Anderson, 1980, p239). ‘The castle was built to guard Florence. Artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo bought wine from the estate. It was destroyed in 1944, then partially rebuilt. You can still see the original cellar at the renaissance villa. Over 600ha. Vines. Olives. On-site olive oil press. Chianina and Angus cows,’ (abridged from Bartolotta, F: 2014 ItSup, p.84).
Owner: Marchesi Frescobaldi.
Staff: Piemontese technical director, Luciano Boarino, was a key figure here.
Terroir: Overlooking the Arno river valley. The upper vineyards
Organics: ‘A’ grade vines here are organic or going organic Lamberto Frescobaldi told me (3rd December, 2015 at CastelGiocondo). They have 40 cows here.
Visits: Open on weekdays.Monumental cellars in which the Chianti Rufina ages. Tasting room in an old kitchen.
Chianti Rufinà DOCG, Castello Nipozzano |
Chianti Rufinà DOCG Riserva, Castello Nipozzano |
Chianti Rufinà DOCG Riserva, Castello Nipozzano, Vecchie Viti: Old vine bottling.
Chianti Rufinà DOCG Riserva, Montuosi: Single vineyard Sangiovese. 1974 (debut), 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987.
Mormoreto: Single vineyard planted in 1976. Bordeaux-style blend. | 2015 60% CS, 25% Merlot, 12% CF, 3% Petit Verdot.