Castello di Ama

About

Our guided winery tours introduce visitors to the inner life of a leading Chianti estate. The tour takes in the vinification plant, the ageing cellars, the village of Ama with its ancient chapels, the 18th-century Pianigiani and Ricucci villas and their historic gardens. It not only illuminates the winemaking process but spotlights the 14 site-specific works that constitute the Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea contemporary art collection. Among the many internationally renowned artists who have responded to the genius loci of Ama are Anish Kapoor, Daniel Buren and Louise Bourgeois.

Location Description

CASTELLO DI AMA is located in the hamlet of Ama, near the village of Lecchi in Chianti, in Siena province.

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History

CASTELLO DI AMA is a cornerstone in the modern revival of Chianti Classico. It all goes back to an intuition that came to us in the early 1970s. We knew that the vineyards around our tiny Medieval hamlet, perched on a hilltop at an altitude of almost 500 metres, were capable of great things, and that the winemaker’s ancient craft could take new root here. Think of it as a love story, a tale of the passion of sun for earth that reaches back through history. Already in the 18th century, Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Tuscany praised Ama’s wines: “around the Castello di Amma,” he wrote, “the best vines in Chianti are to be found, excellently tended.”

Practices & Techniques

Every single drop of our wine is made from grapes grown exclusively in our own vineyards. We see wine as a distillation, more powerful than words, of the traditions, history and beauty of this magical place. Making wine at CASTELLO DI AMA means respecting the grapes that have been nurtured here every step of the way, from the harvest to the bottle. It’s by serving the grapes and by honouring their character that we are able to produce wines that seem to have gushed straight out of the generous rocky soil.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Ama The vineyards of Castello di Ama cover 80 hectares (198 acres) within a three-kilometre radius of the hamlet of Ama. At altitudes ranging from 450 to 550 metres above sea level, they lie in four splendid valleys whose names have been handed down from generation to generation: Bellavista, San Lorenzo, Casuccia and Montebuoni.

Vigneto Bellavista Covering 23.76 hectares (58.71 acres), the south-south-west facing Bellavista vineyard is on mainly rocky soil of clay and limestone. Most of this land was purchased in 1972. Since 1978, the grapes from Bellavista have been used to make the prestigious ‘Vigneto Bellavista’ Chianti Classico cru, produced only in the very finest years; the vineyard also hosts the small plot that gives rise to the granddaddy of all Tuscan Merlot varietals – ‘L’Apparita’, first produced in 1985.

Vigneto La Casuccia also purchased in 1972, extends over 18.5 hectares (45.7 acres) of clay-rich soil, with some pebbly or gravelly parts. It faces west-south-west. Carefully selected grapes from this vineyard are used in the prestigious Chianti Classico cru ‘Vigneto La Casuccia’.

Vigneto San Lorenzo takes its name from the beautiful valley in front of the two villas eighteenth Pianigiani Ricucci and where there is a church located in the center of the village of Ama dedicated to the saint. It was acquired from the estate in 1972. The total area is 19,17 ha has a exposure to the east-southeast. The soil is calcareous with a fair amount of shale.

Vigneto Montebuoni takes its name from the small village that overlooks. The vineyard was acquired in 1997. The area amounts to 14,31 ha hectares and has a south-southwest. The soil is quite varied: rich in clay in the lower parts and strongly calcareous and stony slopes in the higher.

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Località Ama
Montepulciano, Siena 53013
Italy

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