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A Good Year 2022

From its position overlooking the chianti classico hills this tower has seen the sunset of a December 31st and the dawn of New Years more than 900 times. How much history it could tell… It's going to see the New Year 2022 rise. We wish it will be able to tell it as a good year!

LIFE GREEN GRAPES – Final Congress

The Life Green Grapes project - New approaches for protection in modern sustainable viticulture: from nursery to harvesting has come to an end (demonstration project funded by the EU Life 2014-2020 program). The activities, which began in July 2017, led to the acquisition of important answers. The Final Conference: Monday, December 13, 2021 (9:45am – 5:00pm). Face-to-face attendance at Auditorium al Duomo - Anfiteatro A. Tomaszewski - Via de' Cerretani, 54/R – Firenze - upon reservation by 6 December - Registration Link Online attendance

Castello di Gabbiano reliability awarded

Industria Felix rewards Italy that starts again and competes: 160 companies at the top. Castello di Gabbiano is among the 160 companies performing at a management level financially reliable according to Cerved. Our goal has always been quality. Quality is a result of seriousness that is present at any step of our work: in the vineyard as well as in the cellar, towards our customers and with our suppliers. Receiving this award gives us the same pride of the awards achieved

Luca Maroni awards Castello di Gabbiano 2018 Cabernet Franc

It is not just poetry when Luca Maroni says: “Wine is pleasant when its taste recalls in a true way (consistent, balanced, integer) the taste of the fruit from which it has been obtained” and “The fruit-grade of a wine is directly proportioned to the consistency, Balance and Integrity of its taste” It is not just mathematics when Luca Maroni calculates: Index of Quality/Pleasantness/Fruit-grade = Consistency + Balance + Integrity IQ/P = C + B + I It wasn't just our promise when we

2021 harvest: last day

Last 2021 harvest day: picking up Sangiovese grapes in the Bellezza vineyard. First comments coming from the winery confirm our expectations: reduced quantities, very much unfortunately, and low yields (we knew it). Yet, quality in some vineyards was really surprising - definitely above expectations. Some excitement rose in the cellar at the arrival of some Sangiovese grapes  (and other varieties as well). Every harvest is different and each time it brings new surprises!

2021 Sangiovese harvest

It’s harvest time!   September was propitious: sunny, with good temperature ranges day and night, some gentle rain and good ventilation.  As expected, some difficulties in the youngest vineyards that most suffered from the heat and drought: here further to the natural selection the viticulturist’s expert eyes and hands selected only the grapes they deserve. We have already finished harvesting Merlot grapes. Let's start in a few days the most beautiful Sangiovese, addressed to the Riserva Chianti Classico…

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The grapes battle against the heat and drought

For those interested in the world of viticulture, a walk through the Sangiovese grapes vineyards today can be very instructive. It is clear where and why the grapes have suffered and, where and why the grapes have held up well these very hot and dry weeks. Younger vineyards whose vines have shallower roots show suffering, as well as vineyards whose exposure did not allow to adequately protect all the clusters from the sun - here some clusters look half in good

Marc Reist art exhibition : Retrospective 2008/2021

From September 2nd to November 7th 2021 Castello di Gabbiano hosts the Contemporary Art exhibition by the Swiss artist Marc Reist. A retrospective of the works - sculptures and paintings - realized by the artist in the span of time since his previous exhibition at the castle in 2008. Saturday 4 September - from 6 to 7:30 pm - the artist will attend the inauguration of the exhibition.

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VINTAGE 2021: CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

What can we expect by 2021 vintage in Chianti Classico(today)? The spring rains allowed for a good vegetative development and provided sufficient water reserves. The only phenomenon was the slight discrepancy in the growth times of the shoots in spring, due to lower average temperatures, which temporarily stopped the vegetative development in some areas. The frost in April also caused a reduction in quantities - thus expectations are below historical averages - and the current heat and drought also suggest rather

Sangiovese grapes veraison

A walk among the rows of vines - we are in the Bellezza vineyard - the veraison of the grapes has begun. The heat of the last few weeks resulted in the grapes veraison about a week earlier than the average in recent years, but the conditions of the grapes are very good. It is the onset of the ripening of the grapes. The veraison is the change of color of the grape berries: this represents the transition from berry growth

The territory of CHIANTI CLASSICO in the UNESCO World Heritage?

The candidacy of the Chianti Classico territory in the Unesco cultural and natural World Heritage list has been approved. Thus begins the process for the recognition of our territory, the Gallo Nero production area, in the World Heritage List. It is just the first step of a long journey we hope will lead to the right acknowledgement of the importance that the Chianti Classico area has in the cultural panorama of Tuscany, of Italy. At Castello di Gabbiano we hope that

Climate change: the wine consumer mindfulness

Wine mindfulness : climate is changing, the way grapes are grown change, the wine change. The climate changes we are now facing are not really unwonted as we might think in the history of wine-growing. At the matter of facts wine-growers always had to deal with adaptation to the climate. Today to front a warmer climate, we choose to plant vines further apart, use rootstocks that are more resistant to drought, make sure that leaves increasingly protect grape bunches from sunlight. Also the selection

“IL CAVALIERE” can offer what you have been missing for so long…

In the heart of Chianti region, “Il Cavaliere” is the name of Castello di Gabbiano estate restaurant housed in a renovated XVI century farmhouse situated in a very attractive position, on top of the hill, overlooking the property. Here you can enjoy a healthy and tasty meal in a cozy atmosphere, outdoor in the cool and an absolute peaceful surrounding. Our chef’s cuisine is based on traditional Tuscan dishes created strictly with fresh ingredients and with a light hand. A glass of

dedicated to those who…

Those in Italy who are lucky enough to live there and can tour the country when they want. Those who comes to Italy on vacation. Those who come to Italy to study, work, discover

Chianti Classico value picks@Decanter

Michaela Morris reviews the latest Chianti Classico wines to be bottled and released this year with more than 170 tasted.  Castello di Gabbiano is among  Chianti Classico value picks  she selected @ Decanter . “Castello di Gabbiano, Cavaliere d’Oro, Chianti Classico 2018: Winemaker Federico Cerelli oversees a friendly, well-priced annata as well as a highly affordable and satisfying Gran Selezione.”  

SANGIOVESE: SAPLING VINE TRAINING SYSTEM?

We have always preferred the single spurred cordon training system in our sangiovese grapes vineyards. However, we never ignore the different technical experimentation, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Thus a new sapling plant Sangiovese was born in 2017 -  a still very young vineyard that we are following very carefully. Today we share the beauty of these young vines that proudly grow like saplings, confronting perplexed with their sisters in the surrounding vineyards which are growing

Robert Parker says

We are happy every time we can share new good scores for our wines. Today vintage 2016 of our wines Bellezza and Alleanza meet Monica Larner's approval - for Robert Parker_Wine Advocate : 2016 Cavaliere d'Oro Bellezza Gran Selezione Chianti  Classico . 2016 Cavaliere d'Oro Alleanza IGT Toscana Siamo felici ogni volta che possiamo condividere nuovi buoni punteggi per i nostri vini. Oggi una nuova approvazione da Monica Larner (Robert Parker_Wine Advocate) per l'annata 2016  di Bellezza e Alleanza.

Travel however: the suggestion of fantasy, the emotion of reality

The traveler never stops. In this time, when travel is not possible, he relies on his own imagination, on readings, on the vision of beautiful documentaries and services available on TV and online. An inexpensive way of "self-transporting" around the world – no limits of time or distance. The whole world becomes accessible. We discover new destinations, some very far from the place where we live, some just close to home. Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth for Destination Everywhere podcasts discover

SPRING PRELUDE

Spring prelude: nature sends messages to us every day. Without words, no slogans, no models, no social networks, no language difference, it communicates continuously to the whole world, all over the Earth. New life comes again and again. We got it. We share it .

OUR WINES @ WINESCRITIC.com

Once again proud to share our wines awards: Cavaliere d'Oro Gabbiano 2017 Chianti Classico, Cavaliere d'Oro Castello di Gabbiano 2016 Riserva Chianti Classico and  Cavaliere d'Oro Bellezza 2015 Gran Selezione Chianti  Classico . These coming by wines critic Raffaele Vecchione (www.winescritic.com)

Le Selezioni di Castello di Gabbiano: 2018 Cabernet Franc

"The Selections" Castello di Gabbiano is a collection of single-varietal wines, born from those vines in special vintages are at their best. Today a new label comes to enrich the collection: 2018 Cabernet Franc . Cabernet Franc grape is most used in blends, to bring important notes that can correct or enrich a wine, but its proud character, elegance, the beautiful balance of the many tasting notes it offers, are truly appreciable when it is vinified alone. 2018 vintage it was clear

Le Selezioni Castello di Gabbiano:Moveo

A new entry by Le Selezioni di Castello di Gabbiano: Mŏvĕo

The new year brings a new label by Le Selezioni di Castello di Gabbiano: Mŏvĕo  (it was announced!) A rosé wine, which contains all the meanings of its name. Mŏvĕo [Latin] = move, set in motion - shake - change, transform - undertake, begin - move, soften - impress - distract, change one's opinion - provoke, produce, arouse - dance. A new way of understanding Sangiovese - produced according to the ancestral method -  sparkling! To toast the goals that we will reach in

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Christmas however

The strength of Christmas : with or without family lunches, parties, hugs, toasts and gifts, Christmas always comes anyway. For everyone. Silence perhaps will make it easier to feel its greatness. La forza del Natale: con o senza i pranzi in famiglia, le feste, gli abbracci, i brindisi e i regali, Natale comunque arriva sempre. Per tutti. Nel silenzio forse sarà più facile sentirne la grandezza.

UVA PRETIOSA

Some key words always guided our work, we had never realized that they can all be summed up in two words: UVA PRETIOSA(Precious Grape).  Today Castello di Gabbiano is the leader of the UVA PRETIOSA Project. The industrial wine sector is exploring solutions to develop marketable products resulting from the exploitation of the industry’s wastes. UVA PRETIOSA project aims to find new reuses technics of by-products of grape-wine production chain. Winemaking is well-known for its generation of large amounts of organic

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New awards for our wines by WineEnthusiast

We receive few good news in this particular and difficult historical period and we receive it once again thanks to our wines, by WineEnthusiast: 93     Castello di Gabbiano 2016 Cavaliere d'Oro Bellezza Gran Selezione Chianti Classico    90     Castello di Gabbiano 2016 Cavaliere d'Oro Riserva Chianti Classico 89Best Buy         Castello di Gabbiano 2017 Cavaliere d'Oro Chianti Classico   

First tastings new Oil

From Castello di Gabbiano oil mill, the first considerations on the 2020 olives pressing: a very satisfactory year from the quantity side, many olives, unfortunately the yield is low (under 11%), but the quality of the oil is very good! At the first tastings the 2020 oil, from an organoleptic point of view, is very characteristic, rich in aromas and flavor, with the typical bitter note of our oil. It will be bottled very soon.  

At the oil mill

The pressing of the olives takes place immediately after harvesting at the  oil mill of Castello di Gabbiano. The whole process, which provides for cleaning and subsequent washing of the olives, crushing hammer and for the centrifugal extraction, cold occurs(not over 27°C)… what results, however, offers us very warm sensations on the palate, heart, mind. The new oil is coming! 

2020 olives harvest started

We started the olives harvest: waiting to hear the agronomist's words on the state of the olives and the first tastings of the new oil, we share some suggestive images

2020 Harvest: the winemaker’s words

(…read here previous episodes)  It is always the very last weeks of the grapes ripening season to determine the final quality of the vintage. The 2020 vintage was not easy from a qualitative point of view although the conditions were excellent up to 3 weeks before harvest.  With the late September and early October rains, everything got complicated. Having a large extension of vineyards, every year we find different expressions in our SANGIOVESE vineyards: this year more than ever the location

2020 Harvest: the End!

(…read here previous episodes)  Our harvest is ended, all grapes are in the cellar.  This year the harvest was a little earlier in the younger vineyards that had suffered a little from the high temperatures and water stress during the month of August. But in the end we accelerated it a bit, due to the heavy rains from the end of September.  Even last year the harvest was not long, let's compare our harvest dates between 2019 and 2020: 2019

2020 Harvest: updating from the cellar

(…read here previous episodes)  The harvest keeps, the Sangiovese grapes that have already reached their full ripeness arrive in the cellar and undertake their transformation process. Most of these sangiovese grapes will perform the alcoholic fermentation in small stainless steel - only for some of these grapes our choice falls on the wooden fermentation. In this case we use so-called "exhausted" barriques, of third or fourth passage.  

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2020 Harvest: updating from the vineyards

(…read here previous episodes)  Harvest is still on: we harvested about 5,000 quintals of grapes over 100 hectares - low yields (less than 45 quintals/hectare) our FORECAST is confirmed. There are approximately 50 hectares of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Petit Verdot still to pick. We started to harvest the best Sangiovese grapes for our  Riserva Chianti Classico:  great SATISFACTION, the Sangiovese grapes are still healthy and beautiful, despite the repeated rains. The CONCERN is fairly represented by the water-soaked soil, in some vineyards we

2020 Harvest: intense time

(see previous news: here)  In the vineyards harvest is on work in fits and starts because of the frequent sudden rains -  we are comfortable as the most delicate grapes have already been picked and those still on the plants are healthy. In the cellar the fermentations have started - proceeding under the watchful eye of the oenologists. Meanwhile, in the aging cellar our cellar-men are working with the receipt of the new woods for the new vintage. The new French

Approching 2020 harvest

Approching harvest is a highlight of the year in a winery. A path that comes to an end. The climate, the choices that were made and the work of the whole season will be summed up in each bunch of grapes that we will pick. The grapes that we will bring to the cellar will be this year’s first report card. It was a favorable season by a climatic point of view - both in terms of rainfall, abundant in autumn and early spring,

Wineshop, visit and tasting again available at Castello di Gabbiano

From Friday 3 July our hospitality staff will again be able to welcome visitors, access the wine shop, visits and tastings is available finally ! The customer service representatives are trained to provide customers with the security situation. Wine tastings will take place outdoors. It is possible to choose the most welcome visit formula and book with just one click from our website. We are waiting for you to enjoy a sip of life together again!

Hospitality summer 2020: discover new rates

2020 Summer:  in such a difficult time something can help to plan your vacation in Tuscany. Discover our offer for your stay at Castello di Gabbiano   Estate 2020: in un periodo faticoso come questo, qualcosa può agevolare la scelta per la nostra vacanza in Toscana! Scopri le nuove tariffe che offriamo per il tuo soggiorno

Rosato_"Le Selezioni" Castello di Gabbiano

Fifty shades of pink: Rosato „Le Selezioni“ di Castello di Gabbiano

"Le Selezioni" di Castello di Gabbiano 2019 Rosato. It is a rosé wine from Sangiovese grapes. "Le Selezioni" di Castello di Gabbiano is a collection of monovarietal wines produced with a selection of grapes from our estate vineyards. Only the best grapes of a specific grape variety and only in years in which the grape is at its best. This spring, so unusual in our current daily lives with its warmth, its light and the premises of a beautiful season, brings

Cavaliere d’Oro Dark Knight

Let's welcome a new label by Castello di Gabbiano!  Someone already knows Dark Knight  -  a wine from our cellar many consumers love  - we do not intend to disappoint them - we will continue to produce it (it's confirmed!).  The news is: a 'big brother' is coming of the same name but wearing the hat "Cavaliere d’Oro"  (the new brand launched in 2019 by TWE, with plans to expand the range of Italian wines offer). So let's welcome the

sipping life at your home

A life sip at your home

In a normal situation, for us at Castello di Gabbiano welcoming our visitors, giving them a visit to the castle, the cellars, the vineyards and sharing our wines tasting with them is always a happy and rewarding moment.  Seeing them to leave happy and satisfied with the time spent together with us and with their favourite wines that they will enjoy at home, rewards our work and satisfies our expectations. At the moment this is not allowed, we all know

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An unusual harvest!

Nature never stops, the cycle of life continues, always, at all times, whatever condition humanity is experiencing. This is the positive message that nature gives us. We take it. And though there are times when it does not need our hand to continue its cycle, we are committed to the hand anyway. In this period, on days when not everyone's work is allowed in its custom, we strive to clean up the plastic of the ligatures of the vines accumulated

La fortuna di vivere in uno dei paesi più belli del nostro pianeta: l’Italia

La Terra, un pianeta meraviglioso. Oggi questa pandemia, che ha viaggiato in tutto il mondo,  costringe tutti a fermarci, sospendere ogni attività, chiuderci nelle nostre case, limitarci nei nostri spostamenti. Ma sappiamo che, con l’impegno di tutti, la fermeremo e con il grande impegno della scienza la vinceremo. Il futuro più prossimo ci vedrà godere un po’ più libertà, potremo iniziare a uscire con le dovute precauzioni, muoverci un po’, programmare qualche breve spostamento, qualche gita. E allora ci renderemo

COVID19: our reflection

A completely unexpected situation and bordering on the surreal. But it's real. And it affects the whole world at the same time. Those who do not live it up close find it difficult to understand its seriousness and urgency. Italians, who do not live in the northern regions most affected, but look at them closely, feel discomfort and solidarity for the pain and fatigue that people are suffering there, we are afraid that the same nightmare may come to us, we

Pasqua Easter Ostern Pascua Pâques

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2019 Easter greetings Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico wines wish everyone a Happy Easter with true Love, Harmony and Beauty! A suon di Chianti Classico Castello di Gabbiano  augura a tutti una Buona Pasqua di vero Amore, Armonia e Bellezza!

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