Known for the elegance, freshness, innate intensity and depth of its wines, Tuscan estate Castello di Ama has, as critic Antonio Galloni states, “crafted some of the most riveting wines in Tuscany… Simply put, there are few estates in Italy at this level.”
Owners Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti have been making wines here since the 1970s, around the hamlet of Ama, perched 450-550 metres above sea level. Decades ahead of their time, they installed temperature-controlled vats, and practised plot-by-plot vinification long before it became common practice among top growers.
The core Chianti Classico is comprised largely of the traditional Sangiovese, with a splash of Merlot, while the remainder of the range incorporates Bordeaux varieties to varying degrees. The famed l’Apparita IGT marked the first 100% Merlot wine made in Tuscany. After regularly achieving ratings into the high-90s across its top cuvées, the 2019 vintage saw Vigneto Bellavista awarded Chianti’s first-ever 100-point score from Galloni – the culmination of decades of hard work.
Pioneers not in just wine but art too, Ama plays host to art installations from artists such as Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Michaelangelo Pistoletto and many more. Join co-owner Lorenza Sebasti and South African artist Kendall Geers as we taste through a selection of standout wines and the commissioned artworks that accompany them.
The wines we will be tasting:
Glass on arrival: 2022 Castello di Ama, Purple Rose
2020 Castello di Ama, Montebuoni, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
2018 Castello di Ama, Haiku, Toscana IGT
2015 Castello di Ama, San Lorenzo, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
2011 Castello di Ama, San Lorenzo, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
2010 Castello di Ama, San Lorenzo, L’Apparita, Toscana IGT
2004 Castello di Ama, Vigneto La Casuccia, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
2007 Castello di Ama, Vigneto La Casuccia, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
2006 Castello di Ama, Vigneto Bellavista, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
Tuesday 10th October
St James’s Room
18:30 – Glass on arrival
19:00 – Masterclass begins
20:30 – Masterclass ends
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