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Felsina/Castello di Farnetella

Both names – Fèlsina and Farnetella – are ancient and illustrious: Vèlsina was the Etruscan denomination for present Sinalunga; Farnetella is the area around a quaint medieval town by the same name. There is actually a map of the Val di Chiana drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, with the name Farnetella penned by the great man himself. Today, they also denominate two properties under a single ownership, located a mere 9 miles from each other: one, Felsina, near Castelnuovo (actually consisting of two farmsteads combined), in the southernmost segment of Chianti Classico – not far from the extinct volcano of Monte Amiata; and one in the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation, i.e. Castello di Farnetella, in Sinalunga. This amazing sweep of hills, steeped in soft sunlight and gentle gradations of color from earthy ochre to olive leaf silver, to deep indigo and green, are just the sort of landscape da Vinci loved to paint: the perfect backdrop for enigmatic young women, angels, Madonnas and fine vines. The present estate was founded in 1966, and ever since the early 1980s, general manager Giuseppe Mazzocolin and star winemaker Franco Bernabei carried out in-depth clonal selection, vineyard by vineyard, with the purpose of focusing on those Sangiovese vines that best expressed the characteristics of this soil and microclimate: unique goût de terroir dominated by anisette and licorice notes. The noble native was subsequently flanked by such international varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. Felsina vineyard surface is 215 acres at 380 to 420 meters (c. 1,250 to 1,380 feet) above sea level; Castello di Farnetella covers 166 acres under vine, at 200 to 550 meters asl (656-1,804 feet).

Winery Data

Vineyard surface:
215 acres (Felsina) + 166 acres (Castello di Farnetella), i.e. 87+67 hectares

Franco Bernabei




Castelnuovo Berardenga/Sinalunga



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