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2022 vintage : the situation at the end of July

After about a month, we ask again our agronomist  about the condition of our vineyards. How are the vines reacting to the abnormal temperatures(very high) and drought at this time? Francesco Caselli says: “The situation differs from vineyard to vineyard, depending on the age of the vineyards, exposure, and soil” We can learn so much from his description of the diverse conditions in the vineyards and the reasons behind them. “Some of the youngest vineyards(5/6 years old) show clear signs of water stress.

2022 VINTAGE : mid June expectations

We interviewed our agronomist, asking him how such an early summer season might affect the growth of  grapes in our vineyards. His words : "As of today, mid-June, conditions in our vineyards can be described as normal; no events affecting quality or quantity. We could place this vintage, today, side by side with the conditions recorded at the same date in 2015.  The warm weather speeds up the phenological stages; grape fruit set has already occurred. Plants grow vigorously, especially the

Social Accountability

Our commitment to Sustainability originates from our respect for Man: Man's rights and his Earth. Thus, after achieving Environmental Sustainability certifications, in 2021 Castello di Gabbiano has undertaken the path to obtain the SA 8000:2014 standard certification. SA 8000 is a voluntary standard for social certification for workplaces, aiming to ensure the ethical behavior of organizations that adopt it, defining the principles and requirements regarding human and worker rights, including health and safety conditions in the workplace. Companies that adhere to the voluntary

VINITALY 2022

Finalmente una nuova edizione di Vinitaly in cui potersi incontrare,  assaggiare i vini insieme e raccontarci i nuovi progetti e i futuri programmi. Vi aspettiamo con le nuove annate dei nostri vini chianti classico,  che da sempre rappresentano una certezza, e qualche novità! PADIGLIONE 9  STAND D11

INNOVATION FOR THE VINEYARD DEFENSE

Castello di Gabbiano hosts the event VACCIPLANT: INNOVATION FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE VINEYARD An event promoted by UPL – Tuesday, April 5th Streaming    registration:  webinar@informatoreagrario.it  

2022 Chianti Classico Collection

An appointment that hasn't been on the agenda for too long: the Chianti Classico Collection. After the long virtual interlude opened in our life, we have the desire, the need for a sensorial experience. Aromas, flavors, physical perceptions are fundamental in the wine world, words have their value and their power, but the language of wine is often untranslatable. So, let the wine do the talking:  the Chianti Classico Collection 2022 is coming back to present the new Gallo Nero vintages -

waiting for 2022 spring…

Waiting for spring…the vineyards are getting ready to awakening - ready to drink wines are bottled - the team prepares for the annual wine appointments - the website is packing its new look - hospitality staff organizes the reopening - the new art exhibition is about to be set up - behind the scenes at restaurant Il Cavaliere the new staff develops a completely new proposal … Some excitement is in the air at Castello di Gabbiano!

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!

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

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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

Castello di Gabbiano achieves V.I.V.A. certification

As a result of our focus on reducing environmental impact and sustainable development of wine production we joined some projects and got Sustainability certifications. In the year 2015 we became acquainted with V.I.V.A. project "The Sustainability of Viticulture in Italy" -  part of the national “Sustainability and Culture” project started year 2011 by the Ministry of the Environment and of Protection of the Territory and Sea.  The pilot phase of the project - completed in 2014 - led to the definition

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.”  

LIFEGREENGRAPES’ answer

Sustainability has become an essential issue to which the world is paying attention - not enough yet. A chorus of voices raised in defense of a planet whose health is threatened. Life Green Grapes is a voice in the choir. The Life Green Grapes project - New approaches for protection in a modern sustainable viticulture: from nursery to harvesting - is a demonstration project funded by the EU Life 2014-2020 program, whose activities started in July 2017 and will end in

Let’s re-open

After a long wait, finally we can schedule re-opening to the public.  The only visitors that we have been welcoming for some months - to whom we find ourselves now even talking about - are hares, pheasants, deer, doves

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 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

2016 Cavaliere d’Oro BELLEZZA di Castello di Gabbiano @VINOUS

Our 2016 Cavaliere d'Oro Bellezza Gran Selezione Chianti Classico continues to collect awards.  Here is last review by Antonio Galloni @Vinous. Il nostro Cavaliere d'Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Bellezza 2016 continua a raccogliere riconoscimenti. Ecco l'ultima recensione di Antonio Galloni @Vinous.