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Wine of the Week: Castello Di Volpaia August 2, 2010

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Castello di Volpaia is a winery located in the medieval village of Volpaia.  Castello di Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. The first thing that one sees upon arriving at Castello di Volpaia is its Wine Shop, located in what was the principal tower of the castle.  Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia undoubtedly one of the best preserved villages of its period.  Just as in the 12th Century, the village itself still plays an essential role in our wine and oil production. The interiors of its ancient houses, churches, underground passages and deconsecrated churches have been discreetly converted into wine cellars, bottling plants and olive presses up to the ceiling in the latest equipment and all connected by an amazing underground “wineduct.”

Volpaia II.jpg“Giovannella, Carlo, Nicolò and Federica: a family whose lives revolve around Volpaia. In fact, Volpaia is not so much a place as one of the family, giving and receiving the same love, nurturing and care as every other member. Giovannella, super-active and ever on the move rushes from Volpaia to all the main wine events in Italy and the rest of the world. Under the guidance of Carlo’s skills, where organization and enterprise prevail, they have all found a life fulfilling project which is in keeping with their surroundings and although international, is deeply rooted in local traditions. Although Nicolò is a young executive building a career in Milan his presence is very much felt in Volpaia. Federica who’s enjoying great success as an art restorer in Florence, is always on standby and present at all the main events. Thus Volpaia is not just another magnificent tourist attraction, but a thriving hive of activity whose inhabitants are all directly or indirectly involved in the winery.”

 Special Offering:

Castello di Volpaia Borgianni Chianti, 750ml “Chianti Borgianni is made from a selection of the best grapes produced on the hills of the Chianti Senese area. Once the grapes were destalked and crushed they were left to ferment in stainless steel vats for about 10 days at temperatures between 80 and 86°F. After being left for a further 8 days, the liquid was run off the skins.” Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Everyday Low Price $10.99!

Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico, 750ml  “The grapes were all harvested by hand.  The grapes first fermented in their own yeast for 14 days. During this phase, they were automatically punched down twice a day to draw out their finest qualities. After macerating on their skins for a further 10 days, the malolactic fermentation started and then in February this exquistite and classic style Chianti Classico was moved to 400 to 950 gallons Slavonian oak barrels, to be aged for 14 months.”  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Everyday Low Price $21.99!

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