When you consider the history of the region, Carpineta Fontalpino could be considered as one of the new kids on the block. Currently owned by brother and sister duo, Filippo and Gioia Cresti, the Estate has been in the family since the 1960’s. Their vineyards and winery are situated just outside the small medieval village of Montaperti in the subzone of Castelnuovo Berardenga in the Sienese countryside – a village that carries a dark history – the legendary battle of Montaperti which dates back to the year 1260, and is regarded as one of the bloodiest battles in Italian history between Siena and Florence. In saying this, Gioia and Filippo’s wines display a modern and sophisticated edge with Gioia heading up the wine making team with the responsibility for all the production phases while Filippo is mainly involved in the production and organisation of the commercial and marketing development side of the business.
Their production is small with around 20 hectares in total – mostly within Castelnuovo Berardenga but with a small parcel of land in the zone of Colli Senesi to the south. Being people of the land, their wines are organically certified and they only use indigenous yeasts for all ferments which Gioia says is critically important to help show the distinct characters that come from their commune. These wines are more muscular with greater weight and tannins compared to the northern sections of Chianti Classico. The principal reasons for this are the high portion of dark/red clay, supported by a solid layer of schistous rock and in general terms, a slightly warmer temperature than the northern communes. Carpineta Fontalpino puts their main focus on Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot but they also grow other experimental varieties such as Petit Verdot, Alicante and Gamay, but as expected, Sangiovese always gets the highest positioning in their vineyards sitting around 350m.