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Castellani

Castellani are a real family winery, established in 1903 in Montecalvoli, in the province of Pisa amongst the Tuscan hills, by Alfredo Castellani who decided to begin bottling and selling his own wines. His sons Duilio and Mario expanded the business, and later Duilio's son Giorgio began to export on a large scale. Things ran smoothly until 1966 when a flood caused great damage to the winery and the decision was made to relocate to Terricciola. At this time Giorgio's brother Roberto joined the business; new vineyards were purchased, the premises were extended, and Castellani moved into the international export market. Disaster struck again on New Years Day 1982 when a fire ravaged the premises, but the brothers rallied and purchased an estate in Chianti and the business began to flourish once more. Despite setbacks that may well have finished other livelihoods, the traditions and art of winemaking have been passed down from father to son for over a century, and today the company is run by Roberto's son Piergiorgio Castellani. They focus on environmentally sustainable practices and have invested in research and new cellar technologies, working with oenologist Sabino Russo, and agronomist Carlo Burroni. Castellani grow a vast array of both native and international grape varieties on 1000 hectares of vines distributed between six estates: Tenuta di Burchino in Terricciola planted on clay-calcareous soils rich in fossil shells; Tenuta di Campomaggio in Radda in Chianti on clay-calcareous soils rich in galestro and alberese stones; Tenuta Poggio al Casone in Crespina on sandy tuffaceous soils rich in river pebbles; Tenuta di Santa Lucia in San Gervasio on sandy loamy calcareous soils; Tenuta di Ceppaiano in Ceppaiano planted on sandy clayey soils, and Fattoria di Travalda in Santa Lucia on lime clay soils – this diversity makes for an impressive range of wines, every one an expression of Tuscany.