Tuscany, San Gimignano

The ancient building is located outside the walls of San Gimignano, which extends for about 100 acres over a landscape of green rolling hills. In 1964, the property was acquired by Riccardo Falchini, a descendant of an ancient Florentine family of viticulturists and winemakers, who during the Renaissance had been producing wines for the family of Cosimo de' Medici.

Riccardo’s friendship with legendary oenologist Giacomo Tachis led to a focus on quantitative quality control measures and modern vineyard management. In 1976, the old wine cellar was converted into a new modern facility, the first in the area to be equipped with cold temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for the fermentation of the must and tartrate stabilization for the whites.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano represents 65% of the entire production of Casale. The soil composition of the vineyards around San Gimignano consists of tuffaceous and yellow sandstone, which is sometimes mixed with clay. The calcareous soil created from eroding seashells left behind during the Pliocene period offers the potential for multidimensional and mineral-inflected whites. Despite the abundance of Vernaccia growers, it is very hard to find 100% estate-bottled wines like those of Casale Falchini.

Casale Falchini has received several Gold Medals for the two Red Tuscan I.G.T. wines Campora and Paretaio. Paretaio comes from Sangiovese and a small percentage of Merlot. It stands in barrels for 12 months and ages in bottle for a year. The Campora, awarded the gold medal at the 2009 Monde Selection in Brussels and with 5 bunches Duemilavini AIS, is produced almost exclusively with Cabernet Sauvignon.