Welcome to episode 1294, another episode of “On The Road Edition”, hosted by Stevie Kim. In this episode Stevie is in Castello della Sala (Part of the Antinori Group) in Umbria speaking with Massimiliano Pasquini, general manager. Today’s episode is part 1 of 2.
More about today’s winery
Castello della Sala is located in Umbria, a short distance from the border with Tuscany, about 18 kilometers from the historic city of Orvieto. The lands of the Castle, an imposing medieval manor house, extend for 600 hectares, of which 200 hectares are planted with vines, halfway between the Paglia river and the summit of Monte Nibbio.
The Castello della Sala was built in 1350 for Angelo Monaldeschi della Vipera, whose family had arrived in Italy following Charlemagne in the 9th century. From 1300 the members of the family opposed each other for the control of Orvieto, achieved in 1437 by Gentile, nephew of Angelo dei Monaldeschi della Vipera and dictator of the city for about a decade. After Gentile’s death in 1466, a serene season was inaugurated at the castle crowned by the peacemaking marriage between Pietro Antonio della Vipera, Gentile’s son, and his cousin Giovanna Monaldeschi della Cervara.
The 200 hectares of vineyards, cultivated with traditional varieties such as Procanico and Grechetto, but also with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sèmillon, Pinot Blanc, Viognier and a small amount of Traminer and Riesling, are located at an altitude of 220 – 470 meters sea level. That of Castello della Sala is an area highly suited to the production of whites with one exception: Pinot Noir, finds in this terroir the ideal conditions to express itself at its best. The area is characterized by a clayey, calcareous soil, rich in fossil shells, with vineyards well exposed to the sunrise and with excellent temperature ranges.
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Stevie Kim hosts Clubhouse sessions each week (visit Italian Wine Club & Wine Business on Clubhouse), these recorded sessions are then released on the podcast to immortalize them! She often also joins Professor Scienza in his shows to lend a hand keeping our Professor in check! You can also find her taking a hit for the team when she goes “On the Road”, all over the Italian countryside, visiting wineries and interviewing producers, enjoying their best food and wine – all in the name of bringing us great Pods!
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