San Casciano in Val di Pesa | Commune in the province of Firenze (Florence) in Tuscany, Italy, one of nine within the Chianti Classico DOCG. Around four-fifths of its territory falls within the Chianti Classico DOCG (Nesto & Savino, 2016, p105).

Terroir | San Casciano covers a surface area of 42 square miles (108 square kilometres). San Casciano is in the north-western part of Chianti Classico and is that region’s most northerly Chianti Classico commune. However, it is relatively warm, there being no high peaks blocking warm Mediterranean breezes from the west. The Val di Pesa runs-north–south, parallel to the Greve valley but is sunnier and broader in its topography in general (Ian d’Agata (2019, p283). The soil is alluvial with both galestro and pudding stones.

Vineyard area | 2014 993.50 hectares representing 15.34% of the total Chianti Classico DOCG vineyard area of 6,476.66 hectares, making it Chianti Classico’s fourth biggest vineyard township (Source: Enoproject, Franco Bernabei).

San Casciano Classico | In November 2018 a group of 25 wineries from San Casciano and with Chianti Classico DOCG vineyards founded their own (non-profit) association called San Casciano Classico. The Association’s aim includes promotional initiatives and research (soil studies, climate data). The initial board of directors consisted of: Chairman Antonio Nunzi Conti (Tenuta Villa Barberino – Famiglia Nunzi Conti), Vice-chairman Niccolò Montecchi (Az. Agr. Villa del Cigliano), Treasurer Maddalena Fucile (Az. Age. Fattoria Cigliano di Sopra) and board members Duccio Corsini (Az. Agr Villa Le Corti) and Alessandro Palombo (Az. Agr Fattoria di Luiano).

Winemaking | ‘The sangiovese harvest in Chianti Classico takes place about two weeks later in Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti than it does in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, only a 15-minute drive away,’ (Ian D’Agata, Vinous, Sept 2014).

Wine style | ‘Lighter, easily accessible, easy-drinking style,’ (Ian d’Agata (2019, p283).

Wineries

Certified organic | Fattoria Ispoli. | Fattoria San Michele a Torri. | La Querce Seconda. | La Sala. | Montesecondo. | Orsumella. | Poggio Torselli. | Tenuta la Gabbiola–see Fattoria San Michele a Torri. | Principe Corsini – Villa Le Corti.

No certification | Carus Vini. | Casa di Monte. | Castello di Gabbiano. | Collazzi. | Fattoria Cigliano di Sopra. | Fattoria Poggiopiano. | Il Borghetto. | Luiano. | Mangiacane. | Melini. | Pieve di Campoli. | Poggio a Campoli. | Poggio Borgoni. | Solatione. | Tenuta Villa Barberino – Famiglia Nunzi Conti. | Terre di Perseto. | Villa del Cigliano. | Villa Montepaldi. | Villa San Andrea. | Villa Vallacchio.

Bibliography

Bill Nesto MW & Frances Di Savino, Chianti Classico, the Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, (University of California Press, 2016).

Dr Ian d’Agata, Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs (University of California Press, 2019), p.283.

Dr Ian D’Agata, Tuscany Part 1: Chianti, Vino Nobile and Supertuscans (Vinous, Sep 2014).