Castello della Sala (Antinori)
Castello della Sala and Marchesi Antinori - a success story
Castello della Sala Castle stands proudly on a hill in the middle of the picturesque Umbrian countryside, not far from the border with Tuscany, halfway between the Paglia River and Mount Nibbio, near the historic town of Orvieto. The lands of the Castello, whose origins date back to the Middle Ages, stretch over 500 hectares, 170 of which are planted with vineyards, plus olive groves, agricultural land and woods.
Castello della Sala - from the medieval fortress ....
The medieval castle was built in 1350 at the request of Monaldeschi della Vipera. Even before it was built, a small farming village called Sala existed here. Over the centuries the Castello della Sala was in different hands until it was finally acquired by the Marchesi Antinori more than 70 years ago.
... to the wine castle - a renaissance
In 1940 Niccolò Antinori, the father of Piero Antinori, decided to turn his attention to the production of white wines and directed his attention to Umbria, which offered particularly favourable conditions, and in particular to Castello della Sala and its lands. The castle was in poor condition and underwent partial renovation.
The historic wine cellar for the ageing of 16th century wines is located up to 30 metres below the fortress and is now complemented by a modern cellar built in 2005 by Piero Antinori, which is mainly used to enhance the freshness and aromas of the grapes and to guarantee uncompromising quality. Cervaro della Sala and Pinot Nero are still stored here today in French oak barriques, protected by the thick walls of the fortress, which also guarantee naturally constant temperatures and humidity.
Castello della Sala - White wine region with potential in the heart of Italy
While traditional grape varieties such as Grechetto and Procanico are the main ones cultivated in the vineyards around Castello della Sala in the beginning, new varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, emillon, Pinot Blanc and Viognier, as well as Gewürztraminer and Riesling are added later. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 220 to 470 m above sea level, on clayey soils, optimally exposed to the sun, with excellent microclimatic conditions, with morning fog, which plays an important role in the ripening of the grapes.
Castello della Sala is a white wine estate in the heart of Italy, with only one exception: the Pinot Nero Castello della Sala, a Pinot Noir, which finds ideal conditions here in this terroir to express the best of itself.
1985 Cervaro della Sala is born
At the end of the seventies a young oenologist, Renzo Cottarella, came to the Castello della Sala. Together with Piero Antinori, he worked on a very demanding and innovative project: a white wine with potential for storage and development over the years. He experimented with Chardonnay, the autochthonous Grechetto variety proved to be a grape with a lot of typicity and terroir, but the search went on, he wanted it to be a great wine with character and personality.
After a series of experiments, the coup finally succeeds, ambition and effort are rewarded: with the 1985 vintage, the first Cervaro della Sala of 80% Chardonnay, 20% Grecchetto is vinified, one of the first Italian white wines to undergo malolactic fermentation and mature in barriques.
The Cervaro della Sala, a wine that has received many international awards, is today one of the best white wines in Italy!
Castello della Sala - Terroir wines with personality:
- San Giovanni della Sala Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC
- Bramìto Umbria IGT
- Conte della Vipera Umbria IGT
- Cervaro della Sala Umbria IGT
- Muffato della Sala Umbria IGT
- Pinot Nero Umbria IGT
More information about Castello della Sala (Antinori)
|Company Name:||Castello della Sala|
|City:||05016 Ficulle (TR)|
|Contact & Web|
|Telephone:||+39 0763 86051|
|Company Group:||Marchesi Antinori SpA|
|Company Owner:||Marchesi Antinori SpA|
|Vineyard Area:||170 Ha|
|Cultivated Area:||Umbria IGT, Orvieto DOC|