Castello di Ama

Castello di Ama, Gaiole in Chianti: Hours, Address, Castello di Ama Reviews: 4.5/5

Castello di Ama
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Castello di Ama to live the experience of a world of authentic emotions. Come for a visit and tasting the great wines of Castello di Ama in the Enoteca Villa Pianigiani, rediscover the flavors of Tuscany with delicacies km 0 Chef John of Il Ristoro, staying at one of the Suites Villa Ricucci , for total immersion in relaxation and nature .
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Carlotta & Ricardo
17 contributions
Contemporary art meets the art of wine making
Oct 2021 • Couples
The location is breathtakign and the tour and wine tasting was given in English. However, if you want to know more texhnicalities about the art of wine making, you need to proactively ask questions during the tour. Otherwise, the main focus would be on the contemporary art pieces placed around during the tour. Personally, I did not enjoy this interference of art, but it is very subjective.
Written October 9, 2021
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San Lorenzo, Spain20 contributions
Fabulous winery stay in a Palazzo!
May 2021
We had a wonderful four night stay in the 18th Century villa at the winery. The Villa only has a few rooms so you feel as if you have the mansion to yourself. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated and the view from our room to the vineyards was priceless. In addition, the villa has a study with wonderful art books, a welcoming game room, and best of all breakfast in the kitchen next to the roaring fire. Lastly the staff, Cristina and Maria Claudia, were so friendly and helpful we felt like family. They made our stay so great we will back this summer!
Written May 11, 2021
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Chipping Campden, UK982 contributions
A truly wonderful place
Sep 2020
We are frequent visitors to Italy, and particularly to Tuscany. It therefore confuses me why we haven’t been to Castello Di Ama before. There is no confusion about the fact that we will be returning as soon as we can. Castello di Ama is indeed a “castle to love”.
A truly wonderful place in the Chianti Classico region with a great ambiance and heritage serving their fabulous wines and amazing food in a stunning location. We enjoyed a simply superb lunch on a terrace overlooking the Tuscan landscape of vines and olive trees, ( which had provided the ingredients for our dishes and excellent wine), the service was impeccable and personable, and given the fine quality of the food, wine, service and location, proved to be good value. ( As I always say, there is cost and there is value and they are different).
From the impressive and enticing September menu we chose the Crostini Misti d’Autunno and the Caponata di Verdure dell’Orto di Ami, followed by the Cappellacci di Cinta con crema di Patate and the Costola di Maiale Brasata, accompanied by the Castello di Ami “Purple Rose” rose wine. There was a certain inevitability that dessert would be the Chocolate Fondant which is a joint favourite and commonly a true test of a kitchen. Suffice to say, this kitchen passed all tests with the highest of marks!
We shouldn’t forget as you sit in such a fabulous location, marvelling at the view and the history of the surrounding buildings that the wine was so good and the home made olive oil and breads were simply amazing accompanied by some of the best balsamic we had every dipped our bread in.
A leisurely lunch was followed by a walk around the grounds of Castello di Ami, admiring the tastefully appointed rooms, historic and beautiful buildings, artwork and features. This includes the captivating 25 metre mirror wall set in the landscape with windows framing the Tuscan panorama. This was installed in 2001 by artist Daniel Buren and is called Suile Vigne Punti Di Vista and is one of many installations and artworks at Castello DI Ama which have evolved through the owners combined talents and backgrounds as winemakers and art historians. Perhaps one of the most awe inspiring and contemporary pieces is the “Confession of Zero” by Hiroshi Sugimoto which is situated in a small curved space behind the alter in the chapel and it lit by a camera obscura in a small window. It is a sculpture made from marble and stainless steel. The opposing tapered points are in fact less than 1 mm apart and the structure is formulated as physical model of the mathematical concept of zero and “emptiness”. Whatever you understand about it or take from it, when you view it through your camera's viewfinder it’s simply amazing.
So we will return to Castello Di Ama to marvel at amazing renaissance and contemporary art, drink skilfully produced wine from their Sangiovese grapes and eat their superb food (including olive oil from their olives pressed in their frantoio) and enjoy being in a Tuscan haven. This place has to be recommended to anyone who wants to enjoy the best of Tuscany, and like us particularly a truly fabulous lunch.
Written October 22, 2020
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Zurich, Switzerland2,838 contributions
Wonderful artwork collection
Oct 2020
The Castello di Ama is definitely worth visiting even if someone is not a wine drinker but a fan of contemporary art. The estate has about a dozen specially commissioned pieces throughout the area, stunning work of art by the likes of Anish Kapoor and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
The tours which are by reservation only last about 90 minutes followed by the possibility of wine tasting. We decided to skip the group and do an individual tasting which was a great idea as the wonderful Christina really dedicated special attention to us and in the end we enjoyed probably the best selection that Castello di Ama has to offer. If in the area again, would definitely consider also staying at the property and trying their restaurant’s offerings.
Written October 14, 2020
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the wine wally
Billericay, UK19 contributions
Stunning Location
Sep 2020
This is what Tuscany is all about, wine; views and Tuscan buildings! I had bought some 2016 San Lorenzo so as we were nearby thought we would pop in to see where it came from. Even if you dont like wine go and savour the location and the views, simply stunning.
We arrived without booking and were the only people there, despite this our host was extremely accommodating and very knowledgeable about the wines and the area. We tasted four wines and we loved the Haiku, which we ordered to add to the San Lorenzo, whilst the paper work was sorted, our host showed us around the cellar and some the art work. A very pleasurable experience and another very good wine found that you just dont get in the UK
Written September 11, 2020
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Hoboken, NJ22 contributions
Costello di Ama- ZING!!
Aug 2020 • Friends
We had the pleasure of visiting Castello di Ama for a wine tasting and tour. In addition to learning about their impressive wine and olive oil production, we also had the unique opportunity to enjoy their contemporary art collection. With international artists providing installations that challenge your senses and inspire you with their beauty, this was far and way THE BEST winery tour we’ve ever been on. Our tour guide Sigrid, who has a degree in art history, expertly guided us around the property. She was passionate and knowledgeable about this unique estate and the renowned artists that contributed to its prominence. And after more than a decade of working on the estate there wasn’t one question she couldn’t answer about the wines either. She’s a true expert!

Trying their award winning wines was a highlight. They were robust, well structured and balanced wines that paid homage to a family that has been cultivating the land for close to 50 years.

Our fabulous tasting was followed by a delicious lunch served on their outdoor terrace overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills. To say it was a picture perfect lunch would be an understatement. I think we spent four hours there and it went by in a flash.

Take note that this is not your typical vineyard. It’s more than that, it’s something very special. If you love food, wine and art, we can’t recommend you plan a visit highly enough. Spending the afternoon at Costello di Ama was definitely a highlight on our trip!
Written August 29, 2020
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London, UK13 contributions
Amazing experience and winery...
Jul 2020 • Couples a beautiful setting up in the Chianti hills. We had a fantastic lunch on the terrace paired with the 1er Cru estate wines and olive oil. Then we did the wine tour and thoroughly enjoyed the cool contemporary art installations across the estate (Pistolleto, Kapur etc) and the walk around the winery. Love the Ama people who showed us amazing hospitality - Cristina who helped us with the booking and chaperoned us during the visit, Julius who looked after us during lunch etc. We have been to many wineries in Tuscany over the years but Ama is the best experience by far - you will not be disappointed! Regarding the wines - if money is no object, my personal favourite is the Vigneto Bellavista (magic Sangiovese blend) and then L’Apparita (pure merlot) - their flagship wine....otherwise, you can never go wrong with Haiku (Bordeaux blend) which always features in my home cellar. Well done Ama team and see you soon!
Written July 30, 2020
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Greater London, UK12 contributions
A long time ago but still an amazing memory - Sept 2013
Sep 2018
Wife and I wanted to do a few tastings whilst in Chianti, this place caught our eye because of the added interest of the Art instillations. The Art was amazing and such an innovative way to use the land on which the Winery sits. The tour was superb, very detailed and personal. The wine tasting was well worth the money and very informative. Only thing I would change is to use the Purchasing opportunity to win fans for the future, I would want to see a price incentive for Buying direct from the Vine Yard.
Written August 21, 2019
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Rachel H
Edinburgh, UK44 contributions
A beautiful haven
Jul 2019 • Couples
Our friend Giulio, who makes wine in Trentino, recommended this vineyard to us when we were struggling to choose which to visit during our short stay in Toscana. What a beautiful location with stunning views over vineyards and olive groves! The buildings are gorgeous too, and the friendly staff in the restaurant let us have a quick look around (even though we didn't have lunch there!). It is a fancy vineyard, with art installations from internationally acclaimed artists. The cheapest Chianti was over 20 euros. 15 euros gets you a guided tasting of three wines, which we initially thought was pricey, but makes sense as the wine is of very high quality and the lovely host patiently answered all of our questions. The restaurant looks great!
Written July 28, 2019
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Round Rock63 contributions
Wine was very good but an attraction it was lacking
Jul 2019 • Family
The wine tasting event was not what we were looking for - standing at a counter for 10 minutes tasting 3 wines. No cheese or bread, no sit down, no tour. This was all very disappointing especially considering the drive to get there.

The white wine was fabulous - no the typical sweet white wines and we bought a bottle. Their reserve wine was excellent and we bought a bottle if it, too.

The winery villa was nice to walk around but otherwise unable to go inside any buildings except the toilet (which was very clean & nice). The restaurant was closed until after 7pm and being 4:00, too long to wait.
Written July 14, 2019
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