The ancient building Casale, which names the surrounding area, is located just two steps outside the walls of San Gimignano; the property was acquired by Riccardo Falchini in 1964, a descendant from an ancient Florentine family of viticulturist and winemakers, that since 1626 produced wine for Cosimo de' Medici.. Situated 300 meters above sea level, it extends over a landscape of green rolling hills, many hectares of which are of specialized vineyards.
|Wine maker notes
|This white wine is produced from the Vigna a Solatio vineyard at Casale in San Gimignano. The Solatio Vineyard, or in Tuscan 'Vigna a Solatio' is the highest elevated vineyard on the property, one of the first to be replanted in 1976 by Riccardo Falchini. It faces South–South West and receives the most sunlight throughout the year, hence its name.
The wine comes entirely from 100% Vernaccia grapes. It is pleasantly fresh with a hint of green apple and delicate white flowers. It adapts wonderfully to any type of cuisine thanks to the rich mineral content of the wine. This wine with great elegance, a pleasant bouquet and structure is a classic example of Vernaccia.
|When Riccardo Falchini bought Casale-Falchini in 1964, he was simply following in his family’s footsteps – his predecessors had made wine for Cosimo de’ Medici. The estate is located just outside the walled city of San Gimignano in Tuscany and is blessed with superior terroir. The soils are composed of sandy yellow clay and Pliocene fossils. The lime from these fossils acts as nourishment and also helps retain water. In 1976, when Riccardo built a new winery, he was amongst the first to use cold processing and state-of-theart, temperature control equipment for fermentation. Today, Falchini remains a leading producer of the region’s best known wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, which comprises 60% of the estate’s production. After Riccardo’s death in 2010, his sons Michael and Christopher along with consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis (the winemaker behind Tignanello, Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Solaia) continue to enhance the Falchini reputation for fine wines.