“Uncompromising quality, producing every year a pure Merlot wine among the most appreciated by international wine critics.”Discover
“On the hill of San Germano the vine was already cultivated 3,000 years ago by the Etruscans. Today the new Rocca di Frassinello Grand Cru is born here.”Discover
“The best Vermentino grapes treated with care right from the harvest, for a wine of great persistence that is able to refine in the bottle for several years.”Discover
“The refinement of Sangioveto is combined with the structure of Cabernet and the softness of Merlot, creating a balance based on elegance.”Discover
“By its fifth vintage it was already in Wine Spectator’s TOP 100. A wine of great aromatic complexity that retains a wonderful freshness.”Discover
“Created in honour of the ‘butteri’, the cowboys of the Maremma. It contains 20% Syrah, giving an engaging spiciness to its rich texture.”Discover
“A wine with beautiful Maremma character and a marked personality. Straightforward, direct, never banal”Discover
“A wine that evokes the sea, the Tuscan coast. With a pleasant flavour and a fresh acidity, it is ideal for accompanying an aperitif or a tasty plate of fish”Discover
“A collaboration between Rocca di Frassinello and the eclectic and eccentric artist David LaChapelle to create a limited and exclusive edition of the winery Grand Vin.”Discover
“A label which combines two great projects realized by the Master, Rocca di Frassinello and Beaubourg in Paris, for a limited and exclusive edition of the winery Grand Vin.”Discover
“A label reproducing a sketch by Renzo Piano for Rocca di Frassinello to celebrate the great architect’s appointment as a life senator”Discover
“This label displays an image of the Dionysian procession taken directly from an antique vase (stamnos) used to contain wine, a tribute to the work being done to rediscover the ancient Etruscan necropolis lying in the area of Rocca di Frassinello”Discover
“A special edition of the first label of Rocca di Frassinello – the Grand Vin, Rocca di Frassinello – to celebrate the holy year.”Discover
“Finished in the same barriques used to age the Rocca di Frassinello wine, this is a grappa with a pleasing softness”Discover
The Rocca di Frassinello project was inspired by a very simple idea – or should we say a very simple need: to replicate the model of excellence set in motion by the Castellare di Castellina winery in a new region. We set our sights on the central Maremma area, between Bolgheri and Scansano, where a sort of geological foot can be found, with the same characteristics as the Chianti and Montalcino terrains (of which this foot is in fact a kind of extension towards the sea). Land, therefore, similar to Tuscany’s most famous wine regions, but with one important difference: an average temperature 4 to 5 and even 6 °C higher, with grapes therefore characterised by the ability to ripen even three to four weeks earlier..
This area, so incredibly well suited for cultivating grapes is part of the Gavorrano and Roccastrada municipalities. It is indeed here where the first – and so far only one of its kind – French-Italian joint venture project for the production of wine took shape. The agreement between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), leading French wine brand in the world, aimed from the very beginning to bring together the experience of Castellare in the cultivation and vinification of Tuscany’s main vine variety, the famous Sangioveto, with Lafite’s long standing know-how of classical French vines like Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. It took two years to bring together the five small farms that make up the 500 hectares of the Rocca di Frassinello, a continuing project which today already sees close to 90 hectares of planted vineyards. This already extremely ambitious venture has been further enriched by marking and pairing the birth of the Rocca di Frassinello winery with one of the most prestigious names in the world of design and architecture: that of Renzo Piano. (nella foto a sinistra).
Rocca di Frassinello lies on the right hillside heading north that forms on either side of the old Aurelia road and which, thanks to the first major Roman road, forms a sort of canyon through which the sea wind blowing from the plain between Castiglione della Pescaia and Grosseto travels across. This constant breeze takes away any moisture from the air and provides for an even milder climate, both during the winter and summer months. The tallest hill in the area is situated right in front of the village of Giuncarico, on the right side of the Aurelia heading north. The top of that hill, which is part of the Terminuzzo estate, offers a spectacular sea view over Marina di Grosseto, all the way to the Uccellina Regional Park. Having taken shape thanks to an Italian-French joint venture, the nearly 90 hectares of vineyards are characterised by equally divided varieties: 50% Italian and 50% French, while all wines are blends, excluding the Baffonero which, in the spirit of the America's Cup, serves as a challenger to Masseto, (100% Merlot), the most famous Italian wine produced by our friends, the Marchesi Frescobaldi family, owners of the Ornellaia estate. A complete opposite to the Castellare di Castellina philosophy, characterised by vines that are not blended with international ones. The first vintage was produced in 2004 and included approximately 130,000 official bottles.