Castello di Volpaia 2015 – Chianti Classico Riserva – Rosso

The 2015 growing season was very warm. Beginning in May, the growth cycle of the grapevines began 10 days earlier than any time in our recorded vinicultural history at the winery. The month of July presented a very hot period, including record heat throughout all of Italy. This hot and dry condition resulted in vineyard hydro-stress, which accelerated the verasional development in the grape clusters. Temperatures remained very high during August and September with minimal days of rain. This warm late summer and early fall period guaranteed fantastic ripening and produced outstanding quality.

Prelius Vermentino 2018 – DOC Maremma Toscana – White

April was unusually warm and this brought an early bud break, while May was rainy with low temperature. Starting from June we had a mild and good weather, with scattered weak rains.
Veraison was anticipated while the harvest took place like other years.

Il Puro 2013 – Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – Red

The growing season began with mild and damp spring conditions from abundant rainfall that continued into early summer. Temperatures remained below normal during the month of June, resulting in late bud break and flowering of the vines. July and August saw warm temperatures which assisted in vine growth, grape veraison and ripening. Cooler temperatures prevailed in late summer delaying the harvest to the more traditional time of mid-September, similar to conditions 15 years ago. The vintage produced wines that are balance and elegant.

Coltassala 2017 – Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – Red

A record year for heat and drought throughout the growing season. This condition presented extremes which began early bud break in the vineyard followed by a spring frost over late April. The frost effected the lower portions of the Volpaia estate. Spring and summer months were dry with higher than average temperatures. Rainfall in mid-September helped the grapes achieve complete ripeness of tannins and other phenolic compounds despite low yields.

Balifico IGT 2015 – Toscana – Red

The 2015 growing season was very warm. Beginning in May, the growth cycle of the grapevines began 10 days earlier than any time in our recorded vinicultural history at the winery. The month of July presented a very hot period, including record heat throughout all of Italy. This hot and dry condition resulted in vineyard hydro-stress, which accelerated the verasional development in the grape clusters. Temperatures remained very high during August and September with minimal days of rain. This warm late summer and early fall period guaranteed fantastic ripening and produced outstanding quality.

Volpaia 2016 – Chianti Classico – Red

The year began with an initially hot then rainy Spring up until the middle of June,followed by a hot and dry Summer causing seriously drought-stressed vines. Heavy rain in the middle of September , followed by a drop in temperature has helped the grapes mature perfectly.

Castello di Volpaia 2018 – Chianti Classico Riserva – Rosso

March was warm but the following months April and May were very cold and rainy. Good weather started from June 10th and the end of the month and beginning of July were very warm and dry. Intense warm from mid-July to end of August, interspersed with some rain that were able to guarantee the right … Read more

Volpaia 2019 – Chianti Classico – Red

A hot March was followed by a very cold and wet April and May.Good weather started on June 10 and continued through the end of the month, with early July very hot and dry. The heat was sometimes intense from mid-July to the end of August, with occasional rain that kept the soil suitably wet. Through September and the first half of October the weather was mostly beautiful, interspersed with rainfalls.

Il Puro 2016 – Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – Red

Hot year since May with phenological phases 10 days earlier than average. The month of July was very hot (the hottest ever recorded in Italy) and dry, causing a slight water stress on the vines which favoured the start of ripening. Temperatures remained high throughout the month of August and September, but some rainy days during this period guaranteed the grapes to reach early maturation of exceptional quality.

Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – Maremma Toscana – Red

Spring was fairly cool and rainy, particularly so in May.
The summer was hot with occasional very high temperatures.
As we had no irrigation water, luckily it rained occasionally during the second half of July.
Phenologic changes were delayed and on all the vines the grapes did not ripen until well into September.

Volpaia Vinsanto 2015 – Vinsanto del Chianti Classico – Dolce

Verso la fine di Settembre, prima della vendemmia delle uve
bianche, i migliori grappoli di Trebbiano e Malvasia vengono
raccolti e trasportati in vinsantaia, un locale sottotetto in cui le
finestre restano sempre aperte per favorire la circolazione d’aria. Qui
vengono appesi a lunghe catene e, grazie al particolare microclima di
Volpaia caratterizzato da inverni freddi e asciutti, appassiscono fino
a Febbraio, quando raggiungono la concentrazione desiderata che
garantirà al Vinsanto un elevato grado alcolico ed un buon tenore di
zuccheri residui. Le uve appassite vengono quindi pigiate e il mosto
ottenuto, dopo una chiarifica naturale, viene travasato nei
tradizionali caratelli di rovere insieme alla madre, cioè alla feccia
del Vinsanto che è stato appena tolto da quei caratelli. La madre
permette l’avvio di una fermentazione molto lenta, che può durare 5
anni, durante i quali si sviluppano i caratteri tipici del Vinsanto del
Chianti Classico. Al termine di questo periodo, il Vinsanto viene
separato dalla madre, illimpidito e imbottigliato.

Castello di Volpaia 2017 – Chianti Classico Riserva – Red

A record year for heat and drought throughout the growing season. This condition presented extremes which began early bud break in the vineyard followed by a spring frost over late April. The frost effected the lower portions of the Volpaia estate. Spring and
summer months were dry with higher than average temperatures. Rainfall in mid-September helped the grapes achieve complete ripeness of tannins and other phenolic compounds despite low yields.

Volpaia 2018 – Chianti Classico – Red

March was warm but the following months April and May were very cold and rainy. Good weather started from June 10th and the end of the month and beginning of July were very warm and dry. Intense warm from mid-July to end of August, interspersed with some rain that were able to guarantee the right humidity to the soil. In September and mid-October the weather was good but always with some scattered rain. Blooming was delayed of 10 days as well as flowering. In June vines started a sudden and vigorous development. Veraison began with some delay and continued fairly slow. Harvest started a few days later compared to the previous years. 

Balifico IGT 2017 – Toscana – Red

The vintage began with a hot and then very rainy spring until mid-June, followed by a hot and dry summer with high water stress on the vines. A heavy rain in mid-September, followed by a lowering of the temperature, allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.

Volpaia 2017 – Chianti Classico – Red

Record year for heat and drought, in which both the spring and summer months were characterized by higher than average temperatures and very little rainfall, resulting in poor vegetation development and reduced fructification.
The harvest was early and production was particularly poor; a vintage that I would define as unique.

Volpaia Vinsanto 2014 – Vinsanto del Chianti Classico – Dolce

Vin Santo is still produced using the same labor-intensive process
that was used hundreds of years ago. Towards the end of the
growing season, before Volpaia harvested its white grapes, the
winery picked the best bunches of Trebbiano and Malvasia to go
into the Vinsanto. The grapes were taken to the winery’s
Vinsantaia (left), a special attic where the bunches were hung
from chains tied to the rafters and dried. The grapes are never
touched during the maturation process. The windows were kept
open in the Vinsantaia for the next few months, ensuring that the
air in the large room was constantly being circulated. On February
10, once the grapes’ sugar levels were high enough, they were
pressed and the juice put through a natural process of clarification.
The highly-concentrated must was then fermented in small
caratelli oak barrels already containing madre (“mother”) – a
remnant of the thick residue left over from Vinsanto that had
already been bottled – for five years.

Volpaia Brut 2010 – Brut Nature – Sparkling

2010 was characterized by a fresh and quite rainy season.
All phenol phases were delayed of almost 1 week.
In Summer we never had very high temperatures and we never had a lack of water in the soil.
The development of the plants was good and they had good quantities of fruits.
Ripeness was slow and the harvest started slightly later compared to the last years.

Prelius Prile 2015 – Maremma Toscana – Red

Very warm and dry year. All phenological phases from budbreak to ripeness occurred 1 week early compared to the previous vintages. The growing season experienced scarce rains and high temperatures, especially in July (July was the hottest month in the recorded history of the winery
subjected vineyards to high hydric stress that was controlled by drip irrigation. Grapes at the time of harvest were healthy and perfectly ripe. The harvest began earlier than previous vintages.

Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 – Maremma Toscana – Red

Spring was fairly cool and rainy, particularly so in May.
The summer was hot with occasional very high temperatures.
As we had no irrigation water, luckily it rained occasionally during the second half of July.
Phenologic changes were delayed and on all the vines the grapes did not ripen until well into September.

Prelius Vermentino 2019 – Maremma Toscana – White

Spring was fairly cool and rainy, particularly so in May. The summer was hot with occasional very high temperatures. As we had no irrigation water, luckily it rained occasionally during the second half of July. Phenologic changes were delayed and on all the vines the grapes did not ripen until well into September.
Veraison was anticipated while the harvest took place like other years.

Passito di Nika 2015 – Passito di Pantelleria – Sweet

Hot year since May with phenological phases 10 days earlier than average. The month of July was very hot (the hottest ever recorded in Italy) and dry, causing a slight water stress on the vines which favoured the start of ripening. Temperatures remained high throughout the month of August and September, but some rainy days in this period ensured the grapes were able to ripen.
and grapes to reach early maturation of exceptional quality.

Il Puro 2015 – Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – Red

Hot year since May with phenological phases 10 days earlier than average. The month of July was very hot (the hottest ever recorded in Italy) and dry, causing a slight water stress on the vines which favoured the start of ripening. Temperatures remained high throughout the month of August and September, but some rainy days during this period guaranteed the grapes to reach early maturation of exceptional quality.

Coltassala 2016 – Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – Red

The vintage began with a hot and then very rainy spring until mid-June, followed by a hot and dry summer with high water stress on the vines. A heavy rain in mid-September, followed by a lowering of the temperature, allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.

Citto 2018 – IGT Toscana – Red

An unusually hot April, which led to an early budding, was followed by a month of May with lots of rain and rather low temperatures. From June mild temperatures and beautiful weather, interspersed with several rainy events but of weak intensity. The veraison took place slightly earlier while the harvest was normal.

Castello di Volpaia 2016 – Chianti Classico Riserva – Red

The vintage began with a hot and then very rainy spring until mid-June, followed by a hot and dry summer with high water stress on the vines. A heavy rain in mid-September, followed by a lowering of the temperature, allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.

Balifico IGT 2016 – Toscana – Red

The vintage began with a hot and then very rainy spring until mid-June, followed by a hot and dry summer with high water stress on the vines. A heavy rain in mid-September, followed by a lowering of the temperature, allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.