If ever there were someone worthy of being called a “Renaissance man,” it’s the thirty-something Guido Gualandi: archeologist, painter, musician, and winemaker (just to mention some of his myriad talents), Guido is one of the most interesting producers to emerge from the Montespertoli subzone of Chianti in recent memory.
Mention of Guido’s family and the Gualandi knights, originally of Pisa, dates back to the thirteenth century and beyond. The Gualandi tower in Pisa was the setting for one of the most famous episodes in Dante’s Divine Comedy (the story of Ugolino della Gherardesca).
The cellar where Guido makes his wine once belonged to another Renaissance man, Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540), one of Italy’s greatest statesmen and historians, and close friend of Niccolò Machiavelli.
Gualandus 2005 Gualandi
Like all of Guido’s wines, the Gualandus is made using 100% natural vinification: no herbicides or pesticides are used in the vineyard, only organic fertilizers are used, the grapes are picked and pressed — literally — by hand and foot respectively, and fermentation is carried out without temperature control in a cellar where wine has been made for more than 500 years. Gualandus is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. Its natural fruit flavors and aromas and its bright acidity make a great “food” wine to pair with pasta and classic meat sauces and grilled meats.
Cavalleresco 2005 Gualandi
Cavalleresco is a blend of Sangiovese (which gives the wine its gentle fruit aromas and flavors), Colorino (which imparts its rich color), and a small amount of Merlot (which give the wine its rich body and opulent mouthfeel).