WINE TRAVEL: CAIAROSSA

This August, our Wine Educator Vittoria visited a few Tuscan wineries.

The first winery of this wonderful trip was Caiarossa. The estate situated to the southeast of the city of Pisa was founded in 1998, and since then followed the principles of biodynamic agriculture. In 2004 the estate was bought by Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch businessman with a great passion for wine and also the owner of the prestigious Margaux Cru Classé properties Château Giscours and Château du Tertre. 

Today, the estate produces a range of regional Tuscan wines that fall under the Toscana IGT classification. The soils here are typified by jasper, rock and pebbles and are planted to a total of 10 grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Alicante, Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay and Petit Manseng.

The estate’s flagship Caiarossa Toscana IGT wine was first produced in 2003 and is a blend of seven red grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Alicante. The grapes are harvested by hand from the Podere Serra all’Olio vineyard and are aged separately in 30 percent new oak tonneaux and barrels for between 11-20 months, depending on the grape variety. The wine then spends a further six months in concrete tanks prior to bottling.

Amsterdam, August 25th 2020