Casa Emma is a Tuscan winery located in the heart of Chianti Classico, in San Donato in Poggio (Barberino Tavarnelle). In 1969, Fiorella Lepri bought the estate from a Florentine noblewoman named Emma Bizzarri. Since then, the estate has been producing traditional Tuscan wines while maintaining the name "Casa Emma to respect the historical roots of the land. Over the years, thanks to its lucky location and internationally recognized wines, Casa Emma has become an essential stop for wine lovers.
Casa Emma is owned by the Bucalossi family and is characterised by an original location – surrounded by 28 hectares of vineyards and 1000 olive trees. Particular attention to the terroir allows Casa Emma to offer a range of Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Soloìo (single grape Super-Tuscan Merlot). At the heart of Chianti Classico territory, at an altitude of 1380 feet above sea level, the vineyards of Casa Emma are a classic example of the charms of the Chianti countryside. Sangiovese together with Merlot, Ciliegiolo and black Malvasia grapes dominate the valley, tinging it in Summer with a bright green and in Autumn with a romantic red yellow. The principal variety Casa Emma uses is Sangiovese, one of the oldest Italian grape varieties forming the very foundation of traditional Chianti and Chianti Classico wines.
The area surrounding the estate has unique climatic condition, due to its proximity to the sea and the absence of natural barriers. The valley that hosts the estate has an amphitheater-like shape with a different microclimate than other sub-areas of Chianti Classico. In this natural amphitheater, weather fronts coming from the North usually stop at San Donato and do not cross Colle di Pietracupa, while weather fronts coming from Siena remain trapped in the Poggibonsi area. Consequently, the estate is characterised by little rainfall compared to the surrounding area. Constant winds are a natural defense for the vines and allows Casa Emma to refrain from excessive treatments based on copper, thus safeguarding the soil.
Casa Emma winemaking management is handled by Marco Salvadori, who provides operations on the vineyards and in the cellar. Although within the same plot, estate's vineyards require different processes and operations, constant visual and analytical checks and different harvests, based on the chemical parameters analysed to establish the right grapes ripeness level.
Casa Emma has a special focus on respecting nature, environmental sustainability, waste reduction and organic and biodynamic viticulture. Their vision is respectful of the past and tradition, with an innovative and future-oriented perspective.