San Felice, the historic estate
San Felice's history begins near Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southernmost Commune of Chianti Classico: 650 hectares of land, centered around an old country church, with the manor house, farming village, productive activities, and then vineyards, olive groves, and forests that follow the gentle lay of
the land, at altitudes ranging from 350 to 450 meters above sea level. The terrains are prevalently clayey-calcareous, and stony, and have a ground water regime perfect for red grapes; there are also some sandy-marly areas where the grapes ripen about a week early with respect to the rest. The
climate is the continental climate typical of the area, but with less rainfall (700 mm per year), concentrated between November and March.
There are 140 hectares of vineyards, 70% of which are Sangiovese, with decreasing percentages of Pugnitello, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colorino, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,
Trebbiano, and Malvasia del Chianti. The replanting of the vineyards that began in 1994 is by now almost completed, and planting density now ranges from 6000 to 8500 vines per hectare.
A symphony of reds -- as one might expect given the reputation of the area -- emerges from San Felice's
cellars, both as Chianti Classico and as IGT Toscana. The line is completed by a white wine, Vin
Santo, Grappa, and, finally, extra virgin olive oil.
Chianti Classico, a medium bodied, lively, fruity wine. A classic wine whose pleasantness
brings to mind the easy drinkability of Tuscan wines of yore.
a selection of the best Sangiovese from the estate's vineyards. Its celebrity derives both from the considerable volume produced (about 400 thousand bottles per year) and its quality,
which revolves around elegance and vigor.
oric Chianti Classico cru produced from a
selection of the grapes in the 10-hectare Poggio Rosso vineyard, which has always displayed