Located just outside San Gimignano, Tuscany’s “Medieval Manhattan”, the winery is named after the Ciappi family’s farmhouse, which literally translates as “house of the cows”.
Casa alle Vacche is a family affair involving aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, children and grandchildren.
“[We have been] 100 per cent Tuscan farmers and winemakers forever,” the family says. “The character, heart and soul of our wines are explained by their birth in the distant past, from a ‘family’ concept of the vineyard, the attention dedicated at every stage: from the care of the grapes, the harvest and culminating in the winemaking.”
The winery’s philosophy is to rediscover Tuscany’s “native” vines and explore their full potential. Its 27 hectares of vineyards produce 16 wines, including a wide range of reds, such as the classic Chianti Colli Senesi and a more modern Super Tuscan blend, Acantho. At the heart of its white wine range is Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the “queen” of Tuscan whites and not well known outside Italy.
Caring for the land and its environment is key to the family’s wine production and has earned Casa alle Vacche Tuscany’s prestigious AgriQualità certification for sustainable farming. Today, generations of visitors can enjoy the wine and the family’s fabulous hospitality through a farmstay at its Agriturismo.