Nestled amongst the verdant hills of Umbria, Castello della Sala is an imposing medieval estate comprising some 420ha of vineyards. As well as native Trebbiano and Grechetto, Chardonnay is planted here - white grapes in particular benefiting from the benevolent conditions afforded at altitudes of 220-470m above sea level.
1985 produced the first vintage of Cervaro della Sala, the flagship wine which has come to define this estate. The ambition was to create a white which would evolve and improve with cellaring. Experimenting with Chardonnay, the defining feature would become the addition of a little Grechetto to give some local flair.
Cervaro became one of the first great Italian whites that underwent malolactic fermentation and ageing in barrique in the Burgundian fashion, and remains arguably the best.
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