Podere La Cappella | Organic estate in San Donato in Poggio in the commune of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, now called Barberino Tavarnelle in the Chianti Classico DOCG region of Tuscany, Italy. It also makes a Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC. In the estate’s park there is the small church of Santa Maria a Cerbaia, mentioned for the first time in 1043. This contains a painting of the Madonna and child dating back (it is thought) to the end of the 13th century.

Owner | The Rossini family since 1979. Bruno Rossi(ni), who was from the Veneto, added vines and olives to existing apple and pear orchards. He initially sold his grapes before deciding to make his own wine, from 1995. His daughter is Natascia.

Vineyards | 13 hectares (32 acres) of vines in a single spot. 350 metres (1,148 feet) above sea level. Clay with high quantities of calcareous stones, marl and ‘alberese‘ (limestone rich in marl).

Polyculture | The estate converted its 5 hectares of apple orchards to vineyards. A single hectare (2.47 acres) of pears remains for distillation.

Organic certification | 1998 First vintage with full organic certification.

Winemaking | 100% hand picked.

White wines

Toscana Bianco IGT, Oriana | Vermentino. Planted 2011. | 2015 Hand picked. Grapes stored 20 days in a cold room. Pressed. 3 hours on skins. Juice fermented alone. Lovely texture (Anteprima 2018).

Red wines

Chianti DOCG | Sangiovese, Merlot.

Chianti Classico DOCG, Podere La Cappella | 1995 Debut. | 2016 Nice bright cherry fruit (Anteprima 2018). | 2017 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot.

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Querciolo | 2014 100% Sangiovese. Lovely pure, fluid (Anteprima 2018). | 2015 100% Sangiovese.

Corbezzolo, Toscana Rosso | 1995 Debut. 100% Sangiovese.

Cantico | 1996 Debut. Toscana Rosso. 100% Merlot. Barrel aged. | 2012 100% Merlot.

Vin Santo

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, Idilo | Trebbiano and Malvasia.

Contact

Podere La Cappella, Strada Cerbaia, 10

I-50028 San Donato in Poggio (FI = Firenze), Italy

Tel+39 055 8072727