The La Casaccia estate lies in the southeastern section of the Chianti Classico growing area, near the famous town of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Like many neighboring estates, it is steeped in history but was extensively modernized over the last two decades by the present owners, Francesco and Laura Franzinelli Socini Guelfi. They stem from a distinguished Siena family that has been growing wine since the 18th century, and took over La Casaccia in 1995 when their grandfather Luigi decided to retire.
Castelnuovo Berardenga boasts several famous wine estates, like the nearby Fattoria di Felsina. It lies fairly close to the city of Siena, and enjoys a warmer microclimate than some other areas to the north. The wines tend to be round and generous, with exquisite balance. La Casaccia’s vineyards occupy approximately 44 acres, planted in Sangiovese with no white wine grapes. They are grown at a relatively high elevation, ranging from 400 – 600 meters, and the average age of the vines is over 30 years. Traditional Sangiovese clones are used, according to the Chianti Classico 2000 Project, whereby researchers at the universities of Florence and Pisa precisely identified superior clones for specific climate and soil groups. The result is a spectacular improvement in quality.
La Casaccia believes in a traditional style of Chianti Classico, where the Sangiovese gives its fullest expression with a minimum of intervention. The Franzinellis put it succinctly: “If you are looking for a very trendy Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, with lots of toasted wood from French barriques, this is not the wine for you!
“If, on the other hand, you appreciate classical tradition, very mild Sangiovese flavor with soft and carefully selected plain oak. If you feel inclined to velvety traditional mildness of our wines, and not the aggressiveness of standardized international style wines, then this is the wine for you!”