Our story began with my very first trip to Italy, where I fell in love with Tuscany and hatched the dream of buying a winery and a small house one day. On our honeymoon, my wife Jessika and I went to Tuscany and started looking for the perfect place. We found Ca' di Pesa and bought it in 1998, and it has been a project that has been the focus of our joint passions throughout these years.
We began making wines ourselves in 2010. Our objective was simple: produce the best possible Chianti Classico wine that could be made from this vineyard. We would make no compromise and spare no expense in search of making the highest quality wine: one that would reflect the spectacular nature of the terroir of the Conca d'Oro. We were helped along the way by the warm and supportive vintners of Panzano, and we strove to make a wine that would bring pride to even that group of highly selective wine producers.
The building that now forms Ca' di Pesa developed and changed throughout the centuries. Records dating back to the 11th century show that it was a part of the ancient Roffiano castle, a military structure tied to the monks of Passignano. In the 14th century, the property transitioned to farmland. At one point, the farm was rented by Antonmaria Gherardini, whose daughter Lisa was was the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Mona Lisa.”
Our vineyard has a Southeast exposition and our soil is Alberese with clay. It is planted primarily with Sangiovese, (of clones 19 and F9), along with some Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet. We have chosen to plant it with a density of 5000 vines per hectare to encourage competition. The vines' average age is 15 years, and they are planted using a Guyot trellising system.