The Castello Romitorio cellar is a place of expression. An oenological and artistic workshop, it combines Sandro and Filippo Chia’s love for art with the pursuit of the best nuances of Sangiovese; those characterizing micro-variations that give a great wine its uniqueness.

Working in the cellar means enhancing the potential of the landscape, expressing the characteristics already present in nature and highlighting the diversity of the terroir, favouring the natural inclination of the grape of origin. It means connecting material and spirit, preserving purity and quality, and intensifying expression gently, with the lightest touch.

DELICACY AND MEASURE

Castello Romitorio uses a delicate combination of large barrels and French oak for long, patient ageing where the wood is never the star, but a supporting actor in the evolution of the wine. Ageing in barrels is followed by the necessary rest in the bottle, which far exceeds the time dictated by the regulations.

The Castello Romitorio cellar is the physical and intellectual expression of the Montalcino landscape. Set at the foot of the castle, it is faced with the same opus incertum (irregular work) as the walls of the 14th century manor. Inside, works by Sandro Chia produced in Montalcino alternate with artistic examples of the area’s thousand years of history; amphorae, recovered stones, oak barrels, sculptures, Roman columns and ruins, and other discoveries. A magical, avant-garde place that is deliberately marked by the past; a place of research and experimentation that reveals its function as much as its highly imaginative character.

ART OF THE LANDSCAPE

I NEVER WANTED A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY, BUT A SIMPLE PLACE TO WORK AND LIVE. I AM LIKE A WORKSHOP AND I NEED MY TOOLS: I TACKLE THE SUBJECT OF WINE LIKE THAT OF A PAINTING.

SANDRO CHIA