Based in the comune of Gagliole, the Antico Podere Gagliole is owned by Thomas and Monika Bär-Bettschart, a husband-and-wife team, who were captured by the beauty of Chianti Classico and purchased the estate in 1990.
The estate covers 10 hectares in Castellina in Chianti, where soils are the local "galestro", a rocky, schistous clay soil which yields elegant wines. A further 10 hectares can be found in Panzano, within the famous Conca d'Oro. This natural amphitheatre catches the light and leads to complex, ripe fruit.
They practise organic viticulture and promote biodiversity in the vineyard as a way of safeguarding the environment, and this can be seen in the Gagliole terraces in Castellina, where the vines are flanked by olive trees.
Harvest is carried out by hand so that meticulous sorting can take place in the vineyard, ensuring only healthy fruit reaches the winery, where another sort will take place. No compromise is made on quality in the winery. The focus on winemaking has changed in the past few years, with a move away from new oak to an exploration of other maturation options, for example concrete. The result is wines which are more expressive of their sense of place and varietal character.
Cesare Panti and Giulio Carmassi head up the winemaking team and draw on years of experience of making wine both in Chianti Classico and around the world. We see this fusion in the modern approach to winemaking at Gagliole and particularly in their Super Tuscan wines, Gagliole and Valletta.