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Toccastelle: reaching for the stars with a historic vineyard and olive grove

In our stars and in our roots. The connection between the roots of the vines and the stars that guide their growth and everything around us – recognized first by the Etruscans – is the noble concept behind Tocca Stelle, a new line from Dievole that represents our striving for excellence and also our Tuscan heritage. The new exclusive line is composed of a wine and an extra virgin olive oil, both Chianti Classico (DOCG and DOP, respectively).

Tocca Stelle - the new family

Tocca Stelle – the new family

Dievole has been making wine in the heart of the Chianti Classico since 1090, so to say we feel 100% Tuscan is a serious understatement. That’s why, when we had the idea to make something special and closely connected to our roots here in the Chianti area, we looked no further than our own doorstep. On the road that goes from Pianella (where we have our olive mill) to the Certosa di Pontignano (where we make the Chianti Classico Certosa di Pontignano), is a little section of land called Catignano. It’s a particularly beautiful field, characterized by old olive trees on steep, terraced land, surrounded by a thick woods, and on one side is a vineyard. Enchanted by this varied and very Tuscan view, we decided to revitalize the old vines and abandoned olive grove here.

The Olive Grove at Catignano

The Olive Grove at Catignano

The terraced olive grove was damaged in the “great frost” of 1985 – the kind that truly goes down in history – and it seemed incapable of producing fruit. Despite being abandoned for many years, thanks to the hard work of our agronomist Lorenzo Bernini and the olive oil team under the guidance of Matteo Giusti – as well as with a hand from nature who never ceases to amaze us – the grove has returned to life! After a few years, it now produces Frantoio and Moraiolo olives of truly exceptional quality. That’s why we decided to produce a special “single olive grove” product from here: Tocca Stelle Chianti Classico Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP 2018.

The vines at Catignano

The vines at Catignano

The unusual weather in 2018 had an impact on this exceptional year for olive oil. Freezing temperatures and snow at the end of February are not common in Tuscany, but where this freezing didn’t cause damage, the olive trees actually benefited from the greater temperature range. In June, weather was ideal for a good flowering of the plants, while the hot and dry summer kept the “white fly” – constant enemy of the olive tree, that caused a lot of damage in Tuscany in the past – completely at bay. Finally, September’s rains helped the olives stay hydrated and reach full maturation by late Fall.

We proceeded in a similar manner in the vineyard from which we made Tocca Stelle Chianti Classico DOCG. These old vines appeared to be no longer productive and were destined to be unrooted and replanted. However, with a revitalization process, we were able to create a Sangiovese cru. The resulting Chianti Classico tells the story of this specific place, where minerality and mature tannins evoke a long tradition in winemaking.

Detail of the old vines

Detail of the old vines

The heraldic crest on the label of Tocca Stelle also draws inspiration from Dievole’s past – it’s based on that of the Terrosi Vagnoli family, nobles who resided here in the last century. To this, we’ve added a hand reaching for the stars to represent the excellence to which we aspire in a wine and olive oil that embodies the encounter between land and sky.

Lorenzo and Matteo taking a walk between their vines and olive grove at Catignano, where Tocca Stelle is made

Lorenzo and Matteo taking a walk between their vines and olive grove at Catignano, where Tocca Stelle is made

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