A top Tuscan producer, Castello di Ama is one of our most exciting additions this year. Family owned, they operate 80ha dominated by classic red varietals, their vineyards surrounding the medieval hamlet of Ama, near the village of Lecchi in Chianti.
Matt Smith, Bibendum buyer for Italy, says, “We are thrilled to have this prestigious Tuscan producer join our Italian portfolio. Their reputation precedes them, having formerly been voted Winemaker of the Year and Winery of the Year in Italy’s most respected wine guide, the Gambero Rosso.
“The wines all come from their 80ha of vineyards at altitudes of 450 to 550 meters above sea level. The resulting wines are simply spectacular and really showcase the great diversity of the Chianti Classico region.”
The ancient hamlet of Ama dates back to medieval times, when the countryside around Ama was considered an agricultural model. In 1972, four families from Rome fell in love with the area and decided to buy the entire (then) 55ha estate, with the aim to restore the vineyards to their former glory. The construction of a new, modern winery was completed in 1979, where they now produce some of the best wine in Tuscany. Amazingly, Castello di Ama is still family owned, with Lorenza Sebasti – a descendent of one of the original four Roman families – the current co-owner and CEO.