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Producer Guide: Castello di Verrazzano (Tuscany, Italy)

One of the iconic producers of Chianti Classico, the wines of Castello di Verrazzano never fail to dissapoint. At their best they show classic Sangiovese character with earthy cherry and an austere tannic backbone.

The Verrazzano estate has a long and distinguished history. The "vineyards situated in Verrazzano” are mentioned in a manuscript that dates back to 1170 and is preserved at the abbey of Passignano. In x famous Giovanni da Verrazzano (discovered the bay of New York and much of the east coast of America) was born at the castle.

The 7th centruy castle is situated stragically on a hilltop that looks out over the Greve valley, across which the vineayrds spread out with the typical varieties of the Chianti Classico denomination, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet and a touch of Canaiolo and Colorino.

Today Luigi Cappellini owns the stunning estate which boasts 52 hectares of vineyards at altitudes between 260 and 420 meters. He has in recent years introduced a phillosophy of organic viticulture into the business and the winery is now certified organic.