Located in the province of Siena, the village of Castellina in Chianti rises close to the ancient 15th-century city walls. At 578m above sea level, it is the highest municipality in the Chianti Classico area. It occupies an area of 9,980 hectares that straddles the Val d’Elsa, Val di Pesa, and the Arbia River Valley. with almost 1,682 hectares of vineyards. Consequently, this municipality has the largest area dedicated to Chianti Classico cultivation.
In addition, about 70 percent of the vineyards are already or are converting to organic production, a percentage that is gradually increasing given that all producers are moving toward ever-increasing sustainable viticulture.
Of the 40 member farms, 36 have already been certified as organic or are in the process of converting.
The units’ names coincide in some cases with those of local hamlets. Prominent toponyms have inspired others in the area: La Piazza, Ricavo, Grignano, Sant’Agnese-Cipressetta, Cispiano, Casalta, Ferròzzola, Castagnoli, Santa Cristina-Lilliano, Croce Fiorentina, Casamonti, Cerna-Casale, Fonterutoli, Macìe, and Réncine.
All have soils rich in skeletal and limestone marls, optimal exposures, and substantial temperature ranges, which have always permitted harvesting grapes of the highest quality.
“An area set amidst ancient medieval atmospheres and panoramic views has developed in Tuscany’ green heart”