Capannelle is one of Italy’s leading wine estates, situated in historic Gaiole, within the stunning Chianti Classico hills of Tuscany.
Since its birth in the 1970s the reputation of Capannelle has been built on the passion of two men; original owner Raffaele Rossetti, and the late, James B Sherwood, the larger than life founder of the Orient Express Group and owner of the world famous Cipriani Hotel in Venice.
The estate was purchased in 1974 by Rossetti, who restored the original 16th Century farmhouse and surrounding lands, creating a boutique winery and adopting a pioneering approach to winemaking and marketing that would go on to create some of Chianti’s most coveted and luxurious wines.
In 1997 Capannelle was bought by the charismatic James B. Sherwood. His vision saw the expansion of the vineyards, construction of a high-tech underground winery and addition of a boutique hotel - confirming Capannelle’s position as an exclusive, state of the art wine producer and international luxury brand.
The estate now covers 35 hectares (16 of which are under vine) and produces 80,0000 bottles of wine a year.
Under the supervision of winemaker Simone Monciatti since 1984, the overriding philosophy is to create elegant, age-worthy wines. Each shows a hallmark balance of acidity, tannin and fruit which make them superb food wines. Monciatti continues a pioneering tradition which led Capannelle to be one of the first estates to introduce Chardonnay to the region and saw them at the forefront of IGT fine wine.