Castello di Fonterutoli

Castello Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Gran Selezione since 1995

40 years of research, an altimetric gradient of over 300 metres, coming from the best 50 parcels out of 120, 36 biotypes of Sangiovese, of which 18 are exclusive different vinifications and refinements: since its birth, Castello Fonterutoli is the real Château of Chianti Classico.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 92% Sangiovese, 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino
Alcohol: 14.44%
Total acidity: 6.12‰
Vineyards location: Castellina in Chianti, "Fonterutoli": 420-510 m (1,380-1,670 ft) a.s.l.; S, S/W exposure
Soil: "Alberese" and limestone, extremely rich in texture
Vineyards age: 15 - 30 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.800 - 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked starting from September 23rd
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C °C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Ageing: 20 months in small french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 60% new)
Finissage: 4 months in concrete tanks
Bottling: November 2018
Available on the market: July 2019
Production: 67000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt
First vintage: 1995
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Great structure, complex dried flowers, bouquet, very rich and persistent
Food pairing: Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

Technical sheet


Mild and rainy winter with temperatures above the seasonal averages; spring and early summer rainy as well. At the end of June the rain stopped and the temperatures rose, thus marking the beginning of summer on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm but generally not hot days, with changes in the temperatures during the day influencing the quality of the grapes. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, greater changes in the temperatures between the day and the night have been observed, alongside with a long-term stability, thus creating the ideal conditions for the ripening of the bunches with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenols culminating with the great quality of the 2016 vintage.

Upon the harvest, the grapes were globally healthy and the refinement in the cellars proved the high quality of the grapes picked up.

Beginning of the harvest: 10 September
End of the harvest: 11 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding