Castella della Sala

Castella della Sala

Tuscany is famous for its red wines so when Marchese Niccolò Antinori, father of Piero, the current chairman of the company, decided to make a great white wine, he looked to Umbria and bought the Castello della Sale property, intrigued by the potential of the land and the beautiful medieval castle. 160 ha of vineyards on particularly complex land at altitudes between 164 & 650 ft above sea level – a highly desirable area for the production of great white wines.

Umbria
ITALY

White Wine Territory, Where Time Stands Still

Castello della Sala was built in 1350 by Angelo Monaldeschi della Vipera whose family arrived in Italy in the IX century following Charlemagne’s troops.

A Modern Territorial Identity in an Ancient Land

A remarkable territorial identity through indigenous and untraditional varieties. Each wine is a contemporary expression of an ancient land.

Viticulture

The estate’s 200 hectares (495 acres) of vineyards are located at an altitude of 220 – 470 meters above sea level (722-1542 feet) and are planted with traditional varieties such as Procanico and Grechetto but also with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sèmillon, Pinot Blanc, Viognier and a small quantity of Traminer and Riesling. The region is exceptional for producing white varieties with one exception, Pinot Noir, that has found ideal conditions in this terroir to best express its full potential. The vines grow in clay and calcareous based soils, rich in fossil shells, and they are well exposed to the rising of the sun with an excellent difference of temperature between day and night.

Winemaking

The modern concept of a wine cellar, a structure designed to enhance the freshness and aromas of the grapes and to guarantee uncompromising quality standards, works in perfect harmony with the historic aging cellar that dates back to the XVI century located under Castello della Sala’s medieval fortress. Part of Cervaro della Sala and Pinot Nero della Sala still ages in French oak barriques under the castle’s monumental walls that naturally maintain constant humidity and temperature levels.

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