Sunday, May 24, 2009

Castello dei Rampolla - what a winery!

One of my favourite places in the Chianti region is Castello dei Rampolla. The estate is in the Conca d'Oro valley just South of Panzano. The winery was one of the first in the area to turn organic and biodynamic back in the 90s. Maurizia is a dedicated host and takes time out of her day to wander through the vineyards and answer all the questions of the visitors. The tasting includes some of the best Tuscan wines such as Sammarco and d'Alceo, the latter is a blend of Cabernet and Petit Verdot and quite singular in its class - possibly one of Tuscany's finest wines.