Castello di Fonterutoli

The Marchesi Mazzei estate in Chianti Classico, Castello di Fonterutoli, is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills of Chianti Classico. Today it still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village. The estate covers an area of 650 hectares, of which 117 are vineyards, located between 230 and 500 meters above sea level and facing south and southwest.

Since the beginning of the 1970’s the Mazzei family has been committed to improving their understanding of Castello di Fonterutoli’s territory and its wine growing potential. The combination of four decades of research and extensive knowledge of the estate’s environment from more than six centuries of living and working at Fonterutoli has allowed Mazzei to select five main vineyard sites, each having a distinctive terroir. In particular at Castello di Fonterutoli 36 different biotypes of the Sangiovese grapes are grown. This is an astounding number of different Sangiovese types, most of them never seen or tasted before in a Chianti Classico wine.

The cultivation and harvest is carried out entirely by hand, at different times for each vineyard, in order to ensure that the grapes reach the cellar at the optimal degree of maturation. All stages of wine production from fermentation to ageing in wood casks are carried out independently by vineyard and grape type in order to guarantee an ample spectrum of styles.

The character of the wines of the Castello di Fonterutoli has been perfected over the years thanks to continual innovation, in harmony with the winery’s culture, history and heritage of technical expertise. Today the wines of Fonterutoli are the benchmark of the Chianti Classico region. At their Chianti Classico estate, Marchesi Mazzei produce world-renowned wines, including Fonterutoli, Castello Fonterutoli, and Siepi.