Sala Castle - Antinori

First year of production: 1940
Property: Antinori family
Winemaker: Massimiliano Pasquini
Agronomist: Massimiliano Pasquini
conduction: Sustainable
Bottles produced: 865.000
Hectares: 170,00
Address: from the A1 exit Orvieto, continue to Ficulle.
How should you feel when you have created an iconic wine, a wine that everyone, in Italy and abroad, talks about? We have often wondered, thinking of the story that Renzo Cotarella tells about the creation of the Cervaro della Sala, conceived after the dazzling encounter, at the end of the seventies, with an old vintage of Corton Charlemagne. Renzo probably did not know how much his attempt to be inspired by one of the greatest Chardonnays in the world would have changed the history of Italian wine, until that moment known above all for some great reds, but considered absolutely inadequate to compete with France for whites. The years, then the decades have passed, since that first vintage, 1985. Cervaro has changed its appearance several times, both for the proportions between Chardonnay and Grechetto, and for the more or less accentuated use of the barrique, and after a peak in the 2017s, it was gradually downsized. But the Cervaro never misses a beat, practically never, in any vintage; not even in a dry and hot like XNUMX, considered unfortunate for whites. Long live the King!