In 2006, in the Chianti Classico heartland near Gaiole, American couple Dan and Ellen Lugosch bought a property and decided to start a vineyard and winery. They hired a chap called Giacomo Mastretta the day before the first harvest who made the wines until the 2013 vintage. The vineyards are high altitude and the soil is very rocky, a mixture of soft, friable clay and hard sandstone. The wines are made with minimum intervention in neutral casks. Their Chianti Classsico is mostly Sangiovese with a few other things in the blend.
One of the world’s two or three most famous wine consultants Stephan Derenoncourt has recently been hired to look after the ongoing future of La Porta di Vertine following sale of the property in 2017. They are not releasing any new wine for five years under the new label.
La Porta di Vertine
Loc. Casanuova di Paiolo
Chianti, Siena, Italy