Carpineta Fontalpino

Established in 1967 by Italo Cresti, Carpineta Fontalpino is currently owned by his children, the fabulous and charismatic brother-and-sister team Gioia and Filippo Cresti. Gioia, a French-trained enologist, is in charge of winegrowing and making, while Filippo runs the business and marketing side of things. The winery is located in Montaperti, Castelnuovo Berardenga just five kilometers outside of Siena in an area famed for an 800-year-old battle between Florence and Siena: The Battle of Montaperti. Known for being the only battle Siena ever won against Florence, it is a great source of pride for the Sienese as well as the winery, which is located just below the infamous hilltop. Fontalpino Carpineta currently owns 80 hectares of land and 31 of them are under vine. There are four vineyards in Chianti Classico and the Colli Senesi, with vines ranging from five to twenty-five years of age. The terroirs are very different from vineyard to vineyard, but feature classic Tuscan soils such as, Galestro, tuff, silt, clay and sand. The winery is totally organic, inside and out, with the appropriate Italian certifications. They also strive to be as eco-sustainable and as self-sufficient as possible, thanks to solar panels and a water purifying system. The winery also makes olive oil, vinegar and pasta, made using heirloom wheat grown on the property.

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