MAURIZIO CASTELLI was born, lived and studied in Milan. His father was Tuscan, and Maurizio moved to live there in 1972. A qualified oenologist, Castelli began his career in wine in 1973 as an inspector for the Chianti Classico Consorzio (growers’ body). In 1980 he became a freelance consultant for various wine companies in Italy, the USA, and Chile (see below). He is also a specialist in olio culture (the growing and production of olive oil). He had two children with his first wife, Simone (see Podere 414) and Gaddo. Castelli also ran a wine tasting and event venue called Vitis Vinifera in Montisi (near Montalcino) in Tuscany which he co-founded with his second wife, Antonella Piredda.
QUOTES | ‘Oak is a tool, not a destination’.
ABRUZZO | Colle Funaro. | Orlandi Contucci Ponno.
FRIULI | Bastianich. Scarbolo. Ronc Sorelli.
TUSCANY | Chianti Classico Badia a Coltibuono. Castellare di Castellina. Castelli di Radda. Castello di San Polo (now no longer exists). Castello di Volpaia (to 2000). | Villa Arceno. | Montalcino Col d’Orcia (1988-2008). Col di Lamo. Le Macchioche. Le Ragnaie. Mastrojanni. Piancornello. Corte dei Venti. | Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) Boscarelli. Scansano Bastianich.
CHILE | Erasmo.
NEW ZEALAND | Seresin.
Bill Nesto MW & Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico, the Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, (University of California Press, 2016).