The Estate

Casa Emma is a winery located in the heart of Chianti Classico, in San Donato in Poggio (Barberino Tavarnelle), at an altitude of 430 m. above sea level. The estate was founded in 1969, when Fiorella Lepri decided to buy the farm from the Florentine noblewoman Emma Bizzarri, keeping the name and historical roots of the estate. So far Casa Emma is owned by Bucalossi family and is characterized by a original location, surrounded by 28 hectares of vineyards and 1000 olive trees. Sangiovese together with Merlot, Ciliegiolo and black Malvasia grape dominate the valley, tinging it in Summer with a bright green and in Autumn with a romantic red yellow.

“I passed by there every day, even if I had to make another journey. The farm was surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and an immense expanse of gorse. The wealthy old owners had decided to abandon the property and to move to Florence.

My life is a rural life, my parents were farmers and I spent my youth in the countryside. I still remember the day I made that decision. My wish was there, the farm was just waiting for a strong and faithful woman to take care of it.

It was a Thursday morning of September 26, 1969. I picked up the phone and called the old owners offering to buy the farm. I bought it without telling my husband and my family. “They will understand … I said to myself!!” Since that Thursday, my wines have been tasted and appreciated all over the world.

Every day, we have opened our doors to welcome the many visitors who come for the first time or who return to visit us again, because Casa Emma is home, everyone’s home.”

Fiorella “Emma” Lepri

“I passed by there every day, even if I had to make another journey. The farm was surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and an immense expanse of gorse. The wealthy old owners had decided to abandon the property and to move to Florence.

My life is a rural life, my parents were farmers and I spent my youth in the countryside. I still remember the day I made that decision. My wish was there, the farm was just waiting for a strong and faithful woman to take care of it.

It was a Thursday morning of September 26, 1969. I picked up the phone and called the old owners offering to buy the farm. I bought it without telling my husband and my family. “They will understand … I said to myself!!” Since that Thursday, my wines have been tasted and appreciated all over the world.

Every day, we have opened our doors to welcome the many visitors who come for the first time or who return to visit us again, because Casa Emma is home, everyone’s home.”

Fiorella “Emma” Lepri

Terroir and vineyards

TERROIR

The area surrounding the estate has unique climatic condition, due to its proximity to the sea as the crow flies and the absence of natural barriers. The valley that hosts the estate has an amphitheater-like shape with a different microclimate than other sub-areas of Chianti Classico. In this natural amphitheater, weather fronts coming from the North usually stop at San Donato and they do not cross Colle di Pietracupa, while weather fronts coming from Siena remain trapped in Poggibonsi area. Consequently, the estate is characterized by little rainfall, compared to the surrounding area. Constant winds are a natural defense for the vines and they allows us not to exceed with treatments based on copper, thus safeguarding the soil.

WINEMAKING MANAGEMENT

Casa Emma winemaking management is handled by Marco Salvadori, who provides operations on the vineyards and in the cellar. Although within the same plot, estate's vineyards require different processes and operations, constant visual and analytical checks and different harvests, based on the chemical parameters analyzed to establish the right grapes ripeness level.

WORK IN THE VINEYARD

Our constant commitment, in addition to the natural characteristics of soil and microclimate, it allows us to obtain wines with unique attributes. Casa Emma Wines are characterized by intense aromas, ranging from red fruit to spices and by delicate vanilla notes, that do not dominate primary aromas naturally expressed by the grapes. Complex and full-bodied wines, with balanced and velvety tannins, perfect to be tasted young and with a high aging potential.