In the commune of Gaiole in Chianti, 60 km south of Florence, immersed in the splendid Tuscan countryside, there is a medieval village of about 1,000 hectares: of these 160 are dedicated to the cultivation of vines. The grapes are primarily Sangiovese and used in the production of Chianti Classico DOCG. Among the other varieties, planted in the 1980s we find Merlot and Cabernet, and as of the end of the 1990s, a replanting process was begun in order to promote the traditional ampelographic heritage of Tuscany, introducing some varieties of white berries like Vermentino.
Castello di Meleto
The land is prevalently composed of galestro marl, alberese limestone and calcareous marl: it is on these arid and rocky lands that the vines give their best fruit with rich scents and natural aromas. Meleto vineyards produce an average of 6,000 kilograms of grapes per hectare, of which 80% is harvested by hand. The wines of Castello di Meleto distinguish themselves because they are typical and authentic expressions of the area of Chianti Classico. Elegant, powerful, and structured, they combine the freshness from the altitude and the atmospheric temperature of the hills in Gaiole in Chianti to the mineral seasonings conferred by the calcareous land. Zoning and packaging, accompanied by the low yield of production per hectare, assure regularity and consistency in the quality of the wines.