The Caparsa Estate was the smallest of the wineries we visited on our Chianti Classico excursion and is owned by artisan winemaker Paolo Cianferoni. This was my favorite winery among the many we visited. The wineries were all wonderful and with great character, but the Caparsa winery is one I will not forget. Perhaps I see myself in the roll as Paolo making my own wine working the vineyards organically and selecting the finest grapes to go into my wine. If I owned a winery, I would tend to the land and make wine just like Paolo.
Paolo’s winery is located in the Rodda countryside on top of a hillside affording a beautiful setting with specular vineyard views. He lives and makes his wine in the same Tuscan-style structure. He and his partner Gianna have five children and as his family grew so did his home, with Paolo adding rooms. When Paolo talks about his wine it is with pride and passion, expounding on how his wine is food and to be consumed with food. As with any food, it should be pure and free of pesticides, and be healthy and that is why he farms organically.
Paolo poured two vintages for us, the 2007 and the 2000. Both are delicious but the 2000 showed how well good Chianti Classico wines can age. We savored this wine and over the course of half an hour the wine changed and opened up to more delicious aromas and flavors. The good news is that Poalo tells us his wine is exported to the U.S. I will certainly shop for this wine and when I drink it, l I will think of Paolo and his beautiful home and vineyards. That will make the wine taste even more delicious.