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.”
Wine is just one of the ways in which the culture of a region can be expressed. There’s no doubt that the harmonious beauty of the Tuscan landscape – that Renaissance idea of the countryside as a work of art – influences our approach to winemaking here at Castello di ama. It’s not just a question of farming techniques: Tuscan winemakers have long shared with poets and painters a feel for the landscape they have helped to create. This fine-tuned aesthetic sensitivity is inevitably reflected in the wines themselves.