The 3 new Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

Beginning with the 2017 harvest, the Mazzei family launched a new approach to its Sangiovese-based range of wines, one aimed at highlighting the biodiversity of these three terroirs in three Chianti Classico Gran Selezione wines, each with its own inimitable character:

Castello Fonterutoli
Vicoregio 36

Complexity in biodiversity

Historically, Castello di Fonterutoli’s vineyards, have always lain within the territory of three adjoining Chianti Classico municipalities:
Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga and Radda in Chianti.

Castellina in Chianti

Gran Selezione since 1995
Derives from a selection of 11 of the best vineyard plots surrounding the hamlet of Fonterutoli.

Vicoregio 36

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Gran Selezione of 36 Sangiovese biotypes
A wine from the vineyard of the same name, home to 36 different biotypes of Sangiovese deriving from fifty years of research.


Radda in Chianti

High-altitude Gran Selezione
A wine born from the estate’s highest vineyards, below the 12th-century church of La Badiola.

The 2017 Vintage

It’s hard to remember such a remarkable season as 2017, when a succession of challenging weather events demanded all our instinct and expertise.

A frost around 20 April was followed by a spring and summer when it hardly rained at all, with summer temperatures hitting the high notes and inducing a water stress that limited grape growth and reduced bunch weight.

Towards the end of the season we took a gamble, waiting for September rains, and were rewarded with 130mm of rainfall in twenty days, which together with an abrupt fall in temperatures (with lows reaching 5°C) gave the grapes new vigour.

Grape quality was therefore good overall with peaks of excellence, far exceeding our pre-rainfall expectations, though yields were down 35% on the yearly average.

2017 turned out to be of those ‘textbook’ years when great experience and a careful monitoring of every single vineyard, on a tailored, plot-by-plot basis, were essential to winemaking success.