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  • The 2015 Harvest in Castellani Tuscan estates

    The report

    The elements which characterized this year in Tuscany were a winter full of rain and a mild spring with good water reserves; bud break began early compared to last year, as well as the flowering began after the middle of May, which was followed by an excellent fruit setting.

    The extremely hot summer has been crucial:   temperatures higher than normal and low rainfall for a rather extended period, both conditions that allowed a very positive trend of grapes ripening and the storing of aromatic and polyphenolic substances. The climatic conditions counteracted the onset of major diseases of the vine: the vineyards have therefore enjoyed an  unusual health, the bunches appear very healthy. After mid-August the situation changed again with providential rainfall and the consequent drop in temperatures that re-established the ideal conditions for the remaining cycle of the vine, bringing the turgidity in the grapes at optimal conditions.

    September ran with favourable climate, effective in consolidating quality.

    In the farms owned by the Castellani family the harvest began 10 days later than usual:  it started on 2nd September with Merlot in the Travalda Estate and ended on 9th October in the Campomaggio Estate. Low rainfall during the harvest contributed to the excellent health of the grapes harvested at their full ripeness.

    In our Estates the handpicking and the further selection of grapes are giving good results in vinification.

    2015 proves to be an excellent vintage, distinguished by superb quality of the grapes, mainly for Sangiovese that could express its best thanks to perfect vegetative and ripening stages.

     

    2015, Nov 17 · Life ·  Share

  • Harvest 2014 @ Castellani estates

    It's "crush" time!

    After a summer complicated by the season, our harvest this year begins.

    In this period, the site has added a special diary of harvest, in the right column, in order to present updates of the works that follow one another in the various estates. Wednesday, September 3rd, the first day in the vineyards of Ceppaiano.

     

    2014, Sep 03 · Life ·  Share

  • September, month of harvest

    A team and heart work.

    September is truly a busy month. The countryside invaded by the smells of must, tractors in the dirt roads, people who work intensively in the vineyards, scissors cut off the clusters, buckets filled up, emptied and filled up again. The black beans and the white beans...

     

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    2013, Sep 30 · Life ·  Share

  • 2013, it’s “crush” time!

    We are almost at the start&go.

    These days we are in turmoil. We are running all over in our vineyards tasting grapes to check the status of maturation.

    We are close to the harvest, we are almost at the start&go which will see many hands at work and many buckets filled with bunches.

    The Merlot and Syrah will be the first to activate the crushing machines, then follow the Ciliegiolo and all the other...until the Sangiovese grape.

    A pleasant “intermezzo” will consist of aromatic white grapes, Riesling and Traminer of the Ceppaiano vineyard.

    As a result of our checks we can affirm that the health status of the grapes looks great, the quantity is naturally selected from the cold spring 2013.

    So now we just have to start... It’s “crush” time!

     

    2013, Sep 02 · Life ·  Share

  • La Cattura, ancient tradition and respect for the environment

    The animals are not killed, after checking the state of health they are liberated

    An article in the newspaper "Il Tirreno" talks about. Hunting for repopulating, this is the purpose of "La Cattura" (the capture), the event which takes place every year on the second Saturday of the month of February, in the Poggio al Casone company owned by the Castellani family. Basically, it's a hare hunting done in a sustainable way, in the sense that the hare is not killed. In fact, the purpose of the day is to capture animals for verification of their state of health and placed back on the free territory.

     

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    2013, Feb 05 · Life ·  Share

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Tenuta Santa Lucia

The vineyard of Santa Lucia Estate is located about 100m above sea level at the intersection of the Arno and the Era Valleys on ancient downspouts land consisting of layers of tufaceous sands and gravel; a land which reveals at times the meeting between the river and the sea, which is now located about 25 kilometers to the west, also rich in stone and fossil shells.

 

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Toscana IGT - Travalda

Our wine "Fattoria di Travalda" has intense ruby colour. Bouquet, extraordinary floral components with intense notes of geranium and jasmine, red berries, toasted coffee, cinnamon and spices. Taste, rich and full bodied with silky tannins. Ideal with all Mediterranean dishes, roast, game meat and spicy cheese.

 

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Crowdfunding? Castellani among the first in Tuscany

Crowdfunding means to launch a campaign via Internet in which you seek sponsors before starting with the realization. Last year, in fact, Piergiorgio Castellani has already participated in the first phase of this project also by providing the location in one of the estates; and now supports the final stages again through crowdfunding.

 

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