When it involves Chianti Classico, Castello di Volpaia is one in all its benchmark producers. Federica Mascheroni is the worldwide ambassador for the model however can be a part of the household that has helped set up its presence all through the world. Having grown up within the vineyard, along with her mother and father, particularly her mom, main the route and manufacturing of the wines, Mascheroni has lengthy had a ardour for Volpaia and is worked up to share that zeal with others.
Federica seems to be to her mom, Giovannella—who’s technically retired however nonetheless very concerned—as a main function mannequin who continues to help her as she manages the way forward for Volpaia.
She emphasizes the eagerness wanted to thrive in pursuing a profession in wine. “In all careers, you need passion, but I think you need it even more in this one. It is a work that becomes a style of life. I love this work, and I think love has to be at the foundation; love for nature, love to communicate, work, exchange, and continue learning.”
In honor of Women’s History Month, we caught up with Mascheroni with just a few questions on what it is wish to be a bit of Chianti Classico’s wine story.
Growing up with Volpaia as a part of your life, when did you understand it was one thing you needed to be part of in your profession?
I did not understand it very early. In the start, I assumed I used to be not going to have the ability to comply with the unimaginable job my mother and father, particularly my mom, did earlier than me. I lastly discovered a strategy to give my completely different private strategy to the work, and I’m extremely pleased to work with my mom and brother. My mom has a really sturdy character and means of doing issues. And I wasn’t certain if I may work along with her. But she has proven me that you will need to her for me to do issues the best way I wish to, and it has been actually nice.
What did you do earlier than you began working with Volpaia?
Before becoming a member of the vineyard, I used to be restoring paintings and work. Still a type of artwork, however not in wine.
What is your main function/job with Volpaia and Castelprile right this moment?
Nobody has a set function within the household or vineyard, however I might say I’m the individual that is now presenting Volpaia and Castelprile out on the planet.
As a girl within the Italian wine trade who has watched her mom (and father) characterize an iconic model resembling Volpaia, have you ever seen any modifications in holding a management function right this moment in comparison with 20-30 years in the past? Do you’re feeling such as you see extra ladies in related positions which can be serving to to form the wine trade right this moment?
In the final 20 years, the world has modified for all companies. Everything is far quicker. In the previous, an order arrived by fax; now, you may learn and write an e mail wherever you might be, and every part retains rolling. In the wine enterprise, the variety of ladies has elevated in the previous few years. The “Donne del Vino” affiliation was crucial in shifting and selling ladies within the wine trade. Now, I feel ladies have their house, and they’re rising increasingly more.
With Volpaia and Castelprile, what are a few of your targets for taking the model ahead?
We use just a few phrases as our key factors to attempt to comply with, together with ardour, heritage, purity, class, and curiosity. We wish to transcend what we have now already achieved whereas seeking to our previous and tradition for steerage. We wish to create memorable wines with the naked necessities which can be reasonably priced and chic. And we wish to keep curious and open to what the long run holds.
Also, farming organically is essential to us. We have been natural lengthy earlier than we had been writing it on the label. (In the previous, natural was not all the time a great promoting level for a number of markets. Often you had been positioned on a distinct shelf as a “different” wine.) This is one thing we’ll stay dedicated to as we proceed ahead.
Volpaia has targeted on preserving indigenous Sangiovese grapes for the Chianti Classico area. Why is that this essential to you?
We thought because the starting that Sangiovese was the expression of our land. In the Eighties, we launched our Coltassala, which is 95% Sangiovese, to point out a extra pure expression of the grape. Since then, we have now created a venture the place we have now chosen 25 Sangiovese clones from this space, planting them to see which of them will do the very best in our soils. We have since narrowed these choices down to 5 clones. Eventually, with this venture, we wish to see one single clone that we might take into account the Volpaia clone. The Il Puro, Casanova is a single winery wine that showcases this venture. It is 100% Sangiovese.
You additionally develop Vermentino and Cabernet Sauvignon within the Maremma area on the west coast of Italy. This falls beneath your separate label, Castelprile. What do you want about Vermentino particularly? What makes it such an incredible selection to work with on this area?
Vermentino is a white grape that’s typical in Tuscany. It must develop close to the ocean, and it features this good salinity there. The Castelprile location is only some miles from the ocean, and it grows effectively right here. It has the ocean within the entrance and a ridge of hills within the again, with sandy soils within the winery. The wines have an ideal mineral undertone that’s great.
If you could possibly work with every other grape, no matter local weather or location, what wouldn’t it be?
I used to be born with the Sangiovese, and the extra I attempt wines all over the world extra I feel Sangiovese is probably the most unimaginable grape. I feel it’s a grape the place you may finest drink a terroir. You can style precisely the place it’s from. It is the very best grape to deliver you to the land the place it’s grown.