Castello di Ama: The vineyards

Our vineyards

75 hectares under vine, around the village of Ama.

About 75 hectares under vine, around the village of Ama. The vineyards lie between 420 and 527 metres above sea level and extend across four valleys referred to by their traditional names of Bellavista, San Lorenzo, La Casuccia and Montebuoni.

320,000 bottles are produced on average every year, divided between Chianti Classico and IGT labels.

San Lorenzo vineyard

The divine valley in front of the eighteenth-century villa is named after the fifteenth-century chapel in the village of Ama.

It was purchased in 1972 and produced its cru of the same name between 1982 and 1990. It has become the heartland of the Sangiovese used to make Gran Selezione San Lorenzo.

At an altitude that varies between 466 and 525 metres above sea level, the vineyard covers 16.5 hectares and faces in an E/SE direction. The chalky soil contains a fair amount of clay-rich schist.

Bellavista vineyard

The mesmerizing Bellavista valley welcomes visitors to Ama. Since the 1978 vintage, a cru has been made from the very best grapes grown in this vineyard. Covering a total surface area of 22.5 hectares, this S/SW facing vineyard consists of pebbly soil, mostly clay and chalk, and varies between 427 and 515 metres above sea level.

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Ama Vigneto Bellavista is one of the oldest Chianti Classico wines. It has been produced since 1978 from the vineyard’s Sangiovese grapes (approximately 80%) with the addition of Malvasia Nera. Very few bottles are made in exceptional vintages.

A powerful and masculine wine that losing none of its elegance and extraordinary harmony. The complexity unfurls with the passing of time, leading to longevity.

L’Apparita vineyard

The first purebred Tuscan Merlot

L’Apparita became an important cult wine in 1985, its debut year. The vineyard in front of the winery is called “L’Apparita” because the tower of Siena’s city hall appears in the distance at the highest point in the parcel.

The open lyre-trained vines extend across approximately 3 hectares at 501 metres above sea level. The rows are planted in a N/S direction.

The progeny of a labour of love, this wine has always been produced in a limited number of bottles (with the exception of the 2002 and 2012 vintages).

The altitude and the clay and chalk soil composition bestow freshness and elegance upon the wine that, alongside power, harmony and longevity, have made this Castello di Ama cru an unparalleled jewel in the crown of international winemaking.

La Casuccia vineyard

The stone walls of the striking terrace surrounding La Casuccia vineyard lie barely two kilometres north of the village of Ama. They were arranged in this way to ensure that the rows of Sangiovese face in a perfect N/S direction. The clay soil contains a large amount of stones. The vineyard extends across 16.1 hectares at an altitude that varies between 483 and 527 metres above sea level.

The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Ama Vigneto La Casuccia is made from Sangiovese grapes (approximately 85%) with the addition of Merlot. Only a limited number of bottles are produced in exceptional vintages. An intense wine with a complex and profound bouquet. Red berry aromas with tobacco, liquorice and mint nuances. Sublime opulence and elegance. This is a wine that ages spectacularly.

Montebuoni vineyard

Nestled on the slope of the hill parallel to the Bellavista vineyard, it is named after the village opposite. It was purchased by Castello di Ama in 1997.

The area under vine extends across 14.7 hectares and faces S/SW at an average altitude between 420 and 508 metres above sea level. The soil composition is varied: rich in clay at low-lying altitudes and abundant in chalk and stones on the highest slopes.

Sangiovese: 7.74 hectares planted in 1998 with 5,500 vines per hectare;

Merlot: 2.76 hectares planted between 1999 and 2002 with 5,500 vines per hectare;

Cabernet Franc: 1.97 hectares planted in 2001 with 5,500 vines per hectare;

Malvasia Nera: 1.84 hectares planted in 2002 with 5,500 vines per hectare.

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Castello di Ama