From our rental domain near San Gimignano, Cesani winery is a short 10 minutes walk away. The Cesani family is making all production of wine and olive oil over 25 hectares of vines and 2,000 olive trees, with several different wine labels and 100,000 bottles annually.
Cesani’s red grapes are planted at high elevation, where the soil is mostly rocky. Then the grapes are hand-picked by the family in September.
The tasting terrace commands an impressive view of the San Gimignano valleys. The unique microclimate of these hillsides facilitates an organic viticulture, and Cesani wines are certified organic.
We visit the winery and see two distinctive winemaking philosophies; stainless steel for whites and roses, cement for reds. After a soft pressing, the white juice goes into the first stainless steel tank for 2 days at very cold temperature. And the juice is then transferred to another stainless steel tank for fermentation. Cesani never adds cultured yeast to the juice from the certified organic vineyards.
Once fermentation is complete, half of the wine is transferred to another stainless steel tank to rest, and half is poured into barrel for natural fermentation. Next this reserve wine will age first in barrel, then in stainless steel tank until bottling.
On the other hand, whole red grapes are dropped into the cement containers allowing for natural fermentation, without the addition of yeast.
Subsequently, the wine is macerated with its skins and seeds for couple of weeks and is transferred into barrels for natural fermentation. After 2- 3 years, the wines are used for Vin Santo or sold.
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Cesani Wine Tasting
We taste a few Cesani wines such as the Vernaccia, light with a hint of citrus, almond oil, and tarragon.
The basic Colli Sensi Chianti has a cherry flavor while the Ciliegiolo has a touch of wild flowers and wood.
The Serarosa Rosato, a well-balanced rosé tasting of berries, has definitely seduced us…
There are trays of cold cuts including delicious sliced porchetta, cheeses and olives with the wine tasting.
A very enjoyable wine tasting at a family-run estate who respects their land by farming organically.
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