Simone Castelli, the son of famous consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, runs this smallholding in Scansano, south-west Tuscany, close to the Mediterranean coast. He inherited 2.5 hectares in an agricultural plot called Podere 414 (‘Farm 414’), and clearly decided that this would be as good a name as any.
The Castelli vineyards lie in the scenic coastal area known as the Maremma, historically an area of marsh land until it was drained in the 1930s and turned over to viticulture, with remarkable success - nearby are the Supertuscan estates of Ornellaia and Sassicaia.
Simone’s wife Mara is an agronomist and shares his firm belief in environmentally friendly cultivation – absolutely no herbicides or chemical fertilisers are tolerated here. Morellino di Scansano, is made from a blend of 85% morellino (a clone of sangiovese) and up to six other grapes is a delight. This young and exciting estate is one to watch.