Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 5, 2015

A magic carpet in the Maremma

It has been said the the winery at Rocca Di Frassinello is like a magic carpet hovering over the vineyard and the beautiful Maremma hillside. When you are standing on the top that is exactly what it feels like…floating on air.

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello
Rocca di Frassinello is a joint venture between an Italian, Castellare di Castellina and a French producer, Domaines Baron de Rothchild- Lafite…the first time this has happened.

The building was designed by Renzo Piano…and it is amazing. Attention was paid to aesthetics and, most importantly, the production process. Renzo believed that the heart of the winery is the space where the wine improves in the barrel, and at Rocca di Frassinello that space takes centre stage.

It is right in the middle of the building, underground, so that the developing has the perfect temperature and humidity.Walking into it is like walking into an auditorium, 40 metres x 40 metres, with the barrels as the audience.

Rocca di Frassinello

 

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

The production area is on the outside of the square. On 2 sides are the steel tanks, each linked by a chute that comes from the courtyard at the top of the building. The grapes arrive at courtyard in crates and are carefully sorted on a bench to remove any foreign bodies and dropped into the chutes and the tanks…what a brilliant idea. It is much more gentle on the grapes, ensuring that they reach the tanks in the best possible condition.

 

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

 

Rocca di Frassinello

The enormous reception and tasting area has huge windows on all sides so you can see the vines and the beautiful countryside from wherever you are.

Rocca di Frassinello

Good wine is made in the vineyard before the winery, so great care has been taken with the selection of grape varieties and meticulous care of the vines.

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

We tried 4 wines. First was the Vermentino, their first white wine, made from 100% Vermentino grapes. It is delicate and fruity…perfect for summer.

Rocca di Frassinello

Next was Poggio Alla Guardia, a blend of a Merlot 45%,  Cabernet Sauvignon 40% and Sangioveto 15% (the Italian content)…a fresh and fruity easy drinking wine.

Rocca di Frassinello

The third wine was Le Sughere di Frassinello, a blend of Sangioveto 50%, Merlot 25% and Cabernet Sauvignon 25%. It is a wine suitable for ageing, but perfectly drinkable right now. It goes through a long aging process in barriques and in the bottle.

Rocca di Frassinello

Our final tasting was Rocca di Frassinello, Sangioveto 60%, Merlot 20% and Cabernet Sauvignon 20%.  It is an intense, elegant wind with delicate tannins. It achieved a peak right from its first harvest in 2004. It mixes strength, intensity and elegance.

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

To celebrate the 10th harvest at Rocca Di Frassinello, well known artist and photographer David LaChapelle, designed the Limited Edition labels after falling in love with Rocca di Frassinello. He was inspired to create Rapture of the Grape, a harvest romance…an ode to wine.

 

Rocca di Frassinello

We had 2 charming and handsome Italians to show us the winery and help us to taste their wonderful wines…meet Pericle and Tomasso.

Rocca di Frassinello

Visits to Rocca di Frassinello are welcome. It is located in Giuncarico (Grossetto). Email them at info@castellare.it or call (39) 0577 742903 or take a look at their website www.castellare.it

Our visit was kindly organised by Cala del Porto during our stay there…one of the many services they offer their lucky guests. www.baglionihotels.com/CaladelPort0


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  1. Oh what a beautifully maintained winery . Bet Brandon would enjoy working there for vintage!

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    • It is one of the most beautiful wineries I have ever visited. I’m sure Brandon would love to do vintage there…perhaps it will happen one day.

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  2. So beautiful view… and I am sure the wine is so nice too, I wished to taste now 🙂 Thank you dear Debra, love, nia

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  3. It looks like an extraordinary place – designed with great attention to detail. The views are good too.

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    • The design of the winery is incredible. My sister has a vineyard and winery in Australia and hers is gorgeous too, but in a completely different way.

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  4. Have never seen such an unusual and inspiring design . . . oh, would love to take part in a tasting session, but even more just quietly be able to move around the surrounds, both man-made and natural . . .thanks for the introduction!

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  5. What a beautiful winery! Such interesting angles and shapes to it. And the wine sounds fantastic too 😀

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    • They produce very good wine at reasonable prices. Everything is taken care of here.

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  6. The barrel auditorium is wonderful; such theatre and drama to it. I imagine that it smells wonderful too.

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    • It did smell very good in there. The whole place is incredible.

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  7. What a great day out – I would have loved to have been with you and tried the wines, as long as someone else was driving us home. Cheers Jim

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    • The wines were very good, it was a great day out.

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  8. Holy Hanna that place is beautiful! How wonderful you were able to visit.

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  9. What an exquisite place! I love the architect’s concept. Piano is one of my favourites. He is brilliant and he had an amazing location to work with…. The result must be absolutely magical.

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  10. I know I would have loved this. 🙂

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