Carpineto was founded in 1967 in the small town of Dudda within the municipality of Greve in Chianti. It is founded by Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo who, driven by a strong ambition to produce a Chianti Classico of the highest quality, decide to start this great adventure.
From the outset, the two showed great sensitivity to innovative agricultural techniques such as: careful site selection for new plantings, clonal selection, but also agriculture strongly oriented toward low yields.
On the oenological front, too, they will prove to be pioneers of cutting-edge techniques-which will mark the oenology of the modern era-such as controlled malolactic fermentation, the use of indigenous yeasts, cold and carbonic macerations, and barrel aging. The result of applying these new technologies will lead Carpineto to produce wines of great depth, appreciated by the entire world's wine critics.
For example, in 1994 at the IWSC in London the Chianti Classico Riserva, Vino Nobile Riserva and Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon were awarded the gold medal, and Giancarlo Sacchet won the award as the best winemaker in the world, the first Italian to hold this title. In 1998 the Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon enters the list of the best 100 wines in the world in Wine Spectator's ranking; this will be repeated 3 more times with the Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva reaching the 11th position.
1998 marks another great year with the planting of the first 10 hectares of high-density vineyards on the Vino Nobile estate where-from the very beginning-an agriculture strongly oriented to low yields will be carried out, with a production ratio of one bottle per vine. Those ten hectares today have reached a superfice of nearly 100 hectares, establishing one of Italy's agricultural records, namely probably the largest single-body high-density planting in Italy.
1998 will mark the birth of Poggio Sant'Enrico-the first pure Sangiovese produced in the Montepulciano area-that will kick off a broader project to enhance the value of several Cru thus giving rise to Appodiati di Carpineto.
Today the Sacchet and Zaccheo families work together managing five estates, 500 hectares of land, all cultivated in a sustainable way and with very low environmental impact with zero emissions. Caterina Sacchet is the winemaker who inherits from her father not only a great wealth of knowledge but also a strong passion for the land.
Carpineto is the story of two friends and their families, united by a common love for Sangiovese and a strong desire to participate in the renaissance of wine in Tuscany. Today they continue their dream of producing the wines they love, appreciated in 70 countries around the world.
Carpineto products are the result of the use of advanced techniques, based on the science of viticulture and oenology, and a well-established "culture of terroir."
Approximately 95 percent of the entire production consists of red wines, and most of this is made up of wines that are aged three years or more before they are released. To date, Carpineto puts about 3 million bottles on the market: wines that express the aromas and characteristics of the terroir in which they are born, and keep alive and fragrant for many years.