The Ansonica Toscana Bianco IGT “Calzo della Vigna” Castellari Isola del Giglio respects traditional winemaking ways of Giglio and is made from 100% Ansonica (Insolia) grapes handpicked from two ancient vineyards in September. Back in the cellar, once destemmed, the Ansonica ferments naturally on its skins for up to 3 months. The wine is then pressed off to old French oak barrels where maturation continues.
Castellari del Giglio is a wine making project of Manfred Ing, cellar master at the Querciabella estate on Giglio, the tiny granite island carved by the wind and adorned by Mediterranean bushes off the southern Tuscan coast. Love of this land opened the door to rediscover abandoned vineyards with their ancient terraced walls still standing strong. The plan was simple: produce fine wine from grapes grown on different terraces to express the incredible complexities and uniqueness of each single vineyard. As a designated National Park the island will never see any new vineyard creation making the work to rescue and work these historic sites even more important.