Ispoli as an Organic winery

In 1988 the late Bernd Mattheis, a German wine merchant from Tübingen and his wife Heide bought ISPOLI accomplishing a life-long dream, transforming the existing small estate into a prestigious producer of fine Chianti Classico and other quality wines, pioneering, among the first in the area the use of Certified Organic techniques. This had been implemented with the collaboration of a full time Viticulturist and Oenologist Cristiano Castagno that continues to this day to persue this mission today with Bernd´s son and daughter, Marian and Mareike and their respective families.

Together we intend to keep in harmony with the original spirit of Bernd Mattheis´s goal: producing artisanally hand crafted wines of the highest possible quality with maximum enviromental awareness to be offered only to the discerning conoisseur albeit at an affordable price. We will not lose sight of this challenge, and carry the Ispoli tradition in our hearts, respectful and in terms with their late father.

From the Vineyards to the Glass

Fattoria Ispoli is located 15 KM (9 miles) to the south of Florence in the Chianti Classico district and includes around 20 hectares (ha) of land, 5.5 of which are vineyards, 2 olive groves, and the rest forest. The vineyards all lie around the main building and are separated from neighbouring vineyards by woodland that are therefore protected from external influences, a very important feature when you are Organic, as we are. The main varietal cultivated is Sangiovese but also Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Canaiolo are grown in smaller quantities. All wines are aged in oak cooperage of varying capacity from 225 litre barrels to 3000 litre Slavonian vats according to grape varietal and structure from a minimum of 6 months up to a maximum of around 36 months, however only the best grapes find their way to the bottle in the spirit of a truly artisanal quality organic product. It is the hand of Mother Nature that leads us the way and we strive to keep standards high even if this might mean keeping yields lower in certain years.