Castello della Sala is one of the many beautiful estates owned and operated by Marchesi Antinori. This medieval estate was first built in 1350 but did not enter the wine world until much later. A fantastic producer of fine white grapes, the winery offers a large range of white wines worth trying as well as one red wine: Pinot Nero della Sala.
In 1385, over six centuries ago, Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild, known as the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri” in Italian. Since then, for more than 25 generations, the Antinori family has been directly involved in the winemaking business, now gathering estates from all over the world as part of the Marchesi Antinori family of wines.
Built in 1350 by Angelo Monaldeschi della Vipera, Castello della Sala is located very close to the Tuscan border. After a long history full of changes of ownership, Marchese Niccolò Antinori bought the Castello della Sala in 1940, certain of the area’s potential for producing fine white wines.
This medieval manor has 500 hectares of land, 170 of which are planted as vineyards. The cellars for this winery date back to the 16th century and can be found under the medieval fortress.
The terrain at the Castello della Sala is more suited to growing white grapes. For this reason, the portfolio of wines is dominated by exciting white offerings. Pinot Noir grapes are the only red grape grown here since the terrain is perfect for expressing its full potential.
Cervaro della Sala: This blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto results in a white wine with great ageing potential, extraordinary elegance, and complexity.
Pinot Nero della Sala: Made using 100% Pinot Nero, this red wine is both complex and refined. It is considered the alter ego to Cervaro della Sala.
Bramìto della Sala: A 100% Chardonnay wine that is elegant, fresh, and has great structure.
Conte della Vipera: Made using Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, this white wine has lovely citrus notes and a great balance.
San Giovanni Della Sala: A blend of Pinot Bianco, Grechetto, Procanico, and Viognier, all of which are fermented separately, this fruity and harmonic wine is very bright and lively.
Muffato della Sala: This white wine uses a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Grechetto, Traminer, Sémillon, and Riesling affected by noble rot. The rot lowers the water content of the grapes, increasing the sugar concentration to give this wine its unique flavour profile.
Other Relevant Information
The 170 hectares of vineyards are located at 722–1542 feet (220–470 metres) above sea level. The grapes include Procanico, Grechetto, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sèmillon, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Traminer, and Riesling.