CACCIA AL PIANO 1868
The Tenuta Caccia al Piano 1868, once the feudal hunting estate of the noble Della Gherardesca family, lies immersed in the magical beauty of the Bolgheri countryside. An ideal combination of a special Mediterranean climate and limestone-clay soils has shaped here a terroir perfect for producing great wines. Here, along the romantic Via Bolgherese, wending its way through vineyards and olive groves, winemaker Franco Ziliani launched a new initiative, producing wines that make a unique mark of their own. The hallmark of this new adventure, begun in 2003, is a passionate commitment that becomes transformed, vintage after vintage, into fragrant, elegant, full-bodied treasures. The countryside that inspired poet Giosuè Carducci bears witness to the meticulous care paid to nature, the wisdom embodied in each operation, and the love for age-old traditions that mark the seasons and fashion the landscape. The Caccia al Piano 1868 vineyards, covering 18 hectares, are subdivided into three crus, Caccia al Piano, Le Grottine, and San Biagio. The optimal exposure enjoyed by the vine-rows and the innate qualities of their natural environment allow the grapes– Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc—to reach their fullest possible varietal expression. The vineyards, trained to the double spurred cordon system, are planted to high densities of 9-10,000 vines per hectare and rigorously managed according to eco-sustainable principles. The grapes are harvested exclusively by hand.