The vines cultivated in the 60 hectares of the Calappiano vineyard are local to Chianti: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia bianca and Trebbiano to which Chardonnay is added. Through continuous research, desired by the owners, different varieties have been discovered such as Pugnitello, Ciliegiolo and Petit Manseng, to create unique wine-making, continue on the local tradition and make people discover the rich and charming lands of Montalbano.
Among the wines produced at Calappiano, the Vinciano, Lungarno and Collegonzi wines represent the top of the Montalbano’s production. Variations of Sangiovese wine that speak of the hilly terrains of the area with their arenaceous and calcareous-marly layers and with sandy shales full of marine fossils and cobblestones. The Vinciano wine, which takes its name from the nearby village of Vinci, fresh and easy to drink; its Riserva version, originating from longer aging, and the more structured and sophisticated Lungarno wine, whose vines grow along the shore of the Arno River.
Flagship of the company, the Collegonzi wine, produced from a selection of the best grapes, is the result of 10 years of research on a variety of Sangiovese clones to reach extreme quality and purity. It is precious and sophisticated wine, full and structured, that inherited its characteristics from the soil rich in seashells and marine fossils, where the vines have their roots. It is born on the hills by the same name, in a soil that is perfect for Sangiovese, which turns this label into the maximum expression of the Fattoria di Calappiano’s production.
Gold Medal Berliner Wine Trophy
92 Points Doctor Wine
93 Points Luca Maroni
2 Red Glasses Gambero Rosso
Fattoria Calappiano, in Vinci, the territory of Montalbano represents a historical and architectural treasure of the De’Medici family of Florence. Built around 1500, it was commissioned by the Grand Duke Francesco I De’Medici and was one of the first examples of a Tuscan Farmhouse featuring wine-growing operations. The Farmhouse was later passed on to A. H. Savage Landor, grandchild of Walter Savage Landor, Shakespeare’s biographer. Inside the farmhouse there are still paintings of distant civilizations, antique finds and memorabilia of his many travels in the East. Today the farm is owned by the Sensi family. It is a place that encompasses the history, tradition and passion for discovery and travel, characteristics very close to the philosophy of the company, which with a careful eye and respectful of the past, fond of art and beauty, looks forward to innovating and improving with a modern and international approach.
The farmhouse of Calappiano is located in the wine producing area of Montalbano, between the province of Florence, Prato and Pistoia in a territory featuring a continental climate softened by the influence of the Mediterranean sea. It was here that Leonardo Da Vinci was born and it is on these hills that he walked, speaking in the Codex Leicester, of a soil full of seashells that he called “nichi” capable of bestowing elegance to wines.
In fact, the Montalbano area is characterized by the nature of its soil, a clay pebbled soil full of seashells and minerals, precious characteristics for a quality wine. Here, the Sensi family cultivates its grapes according to the principle of organic farming, deeming as fundamental and ethical an approach based on sustainable development, which pays attention to the eco-system and strives for a low environmental impact.
Currently, the farm covers an area of approximately 200 hectares among which vineyards, olive groves and forests and it is a natural habitat for local wildlife and a laboratory of excellence for the production of unique wines that are both local and innovative.