This is the fifth post in my Taste of Tuscany series.
The quiet charm of Napa and the sheer proximity to all this fantastic wine brings me right back to my honeymoon trip to Tuscany. After hearing Elena (our hostess) rave about it for several days, Stephen and I paired up with another couple staying at our B&B and headed to Capannelle, a small winery about 8 miles (13 kilometers) to the north, for a tour and tasting.
Not being familiar with the area, we completely missed the little road we needed to turn onto to get up the hill to the winery. In fact, we drove past the road several times before I finally spotted the sign pointing us in the right direction. Getting turned around meant that we were a little late for our scheduled tour, but Valentina (our tour guide) was extremely forgiving and assured us that we weren't the first people to get lost.
Wine producing at Capannelle dates back to 1974, when Raffaele Rossetti, a 40-year-old businessman from Rome, decided to purchase the 16th-century farmhouse in the heart if the Chianti region. Since then, the exterior of the farmhouse has been restored to highlight the beauty of the original architecture while the interior has been renovated to give the building a modern feeling.
If you have a ton of money to throw around, then you can rent space in the wine vault to store your personal bottles. People from all over the world had bottles in there, which was really cool to see.
After our tour, we headed upstairs to allow Valentina to lead us through a tasting of Capannelle's wines. There are several wine flights to choose from, so you can tailor your tasting based on your personal preferences.
We all started with the 2009 Chianti Classico to get an understanding of the signature wine of the region. A sip (or several) of wine and then a tasting of fresh cheese to see how the flavor of the wine develops when paired with food. Truly, truly extraordinary.
Stephen was a huge fan of the 2006 Solare. Love that smile. :)
We also tasted the Chardonnay and the 50&50 before our time at Capannelle was done. Judging by the number of "empty little soldiers" that we lined up on the counter afterward, it's not surprising that we left the winery a little buzzed.
If you're planning on visiting the area, then definitely try and make an appointment for a tour and tasting at Capannelle. The entire staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and you could tell that they all loved doing what they do. They made us feel right at home, which made it really hard to say goodbye.
Localita Capannelle 13
53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
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