a magical tour of the wine districts of Tuscany! This
is a trip that needs to be savored as delicately as the
wines, visiting each vineyard with a clean palate and
open mind and heart.
begin our visit with Ceralti Vinyards. This winery was
founded in 1850 and passed down through the generations
until coming to it's present owner Dott. Walter Alfeo.
It is located in the commune of Castagneto Carducci, part
in the plains and part on the hillsides. The vineyards
are on the Bolgheri-Castagneto borders where the soil,
microclimate and southern exposure combine to produce
the hot, sunny Tuscan day behind us, we stepped down the
long staircase into the Ceralti cask room, where dozens
of wooden barrels and casks contain the previous years’
wines. Here in this cool, dry place, shafts of sunlight
streak their beams across the top of the ceiling way on
a few of their better known bottles, we return to the
tasting area upstairs and outside in the shade of a giant
tree that stands magically at the front of their main
on to Michele Satta Winery in Castagneto Carducci, we
were fortunate to visit with Michele Satta himself who
gave us a guided tour of their vineyards and subterranean
storage facility. Michele Satta founded his winery in
1984 and in 1988 built the most refined machinery for
controlling temperature and refrigeration in his cellars.
The goal was the maximum of varietal character and aromas
from the grapes.