Antonio Zaccheo, co-founder with Giovanni Sacchet of Greve in Chianti Carpineto winery, purchased the 53-acre estate “Forteto del Drago” in Montalcino, home of the famous and never overly praised Brunello. “With this purchase, we wanted to gain complete control of the supply chain,” he says.
With this new addition, Carpineto has gathered together all great Tuscan reds on 570 hectares of land with 200 vineyards. That is 8 hectares of Chianti Classico in the historic villa of Dudda, 84.5 acres in Montepulciano, 165 hectares in Valcolomba, in the upper Maremma (among the finest Bolgheri and Morellino di Scansano) and, last but not least, the 11 hectares of Montalcino’s large-berried Sangiovese vine that grows in the area, two kilometres from the town centre.
Therefore, Carpineto confirms its preference for the red grape variety, excellently suited to winemaking. Red wines represent 95 percent of Chianti’s Carpineto production. These reds have been aged for at least three years before being placed on the market, which is 6-12 months more than the time required, and are then exported around the world, to more than 70 countries, especially to North America (40 per cent). The purchase of the estate of Montalcino will consolidate the company’s great experience and knowledge, “It’s a sacrifice, in terms of cost, that we are willing to do – explains Zaccheo – our investment has a strong strategic value.” Now the big step forward towards finally producing its own Brunello, has been made. In fact, in the past few years, Carpineto has had it bottled and served by its own local private winemakers: “we want to strengthen and expand our offer, from Greve in Chianti to Montepulciano and from Maremma to Montalcino.”