Capannelle - Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany
Capannelle started in 1974 when the businessman Raffaele Rossetti moved to a 16th century Villa surrounded by 10.5 hectares of land in Gaiole in Chianti, At the southern end of Chianti Classico.
The stunning vintage of 1988 gave Raffaele Rossetti the idea to blend Capannelle Sangiovese with a Tuscan Merlot. The meeting of Capannelle with Avignonesi, a historical winery in Montepulciano, made this dream come true with the creation of 50&50, a blend of the two wines. 1990 marked the creation of another great wine of Capannelle, Solare, to which contributed also Giorgio Pinchiorri, owner of the famous Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. The wine was finally released in 1996.
In the 1997 Capannelle was bought by James B. Sherwood, founder of the Orient Express Hotels, Train & Cruises (now Belmond Hotels) with the intention to make Capannelle a world renowned brand.