Campo alle Comete: Feudi di San Gregorio’s new star in Bolgheri
With Campo alle Comete, it was love at first sight, Antonio Capaldo confesses. In the middle of May, the president of Feudi di San Gregorio officially presented the first Tuscan “gem” of the Irpinian winery: a new estate at the foot of the Castagneto Carducci hill. “We have taken advantage of a unique opportunity,” he explained, “because it isn’t easy to find a winery in Bolgheri today that includes offices, cellar and vineyards all in a single site.” Campo alle Comete was bought from the Guicciardini Strozzi family in February 2016 and has been renovated according to Feudi’s production philosophy.
They will be Bolgheri Superiore wines…
We had the chance to taste a series of wines from the 2016 vintage, still undergoing ageing. Champions that will become Bolgheri Rosso Superiore DOC, on sale from 2018. Three monovarietal Merlots from the same vineyard, but in barrels with different degrees of toasting, and two Cabernet Sauvignons, also from different wood (but always French oak). But above all, the one that should become Campo alle Comete’s calling card: a classic Bordeaux blend with equal amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The only Bolgheri Rosso DOC currently on sale is Stupore 2015, the last wine of the previous management, “touched up” by the winery’s new technical staff.
New in the vineyard
Campo alle Comete currently has a vineyard surface area of 15 hectares, soon destined to almost double, with the aim of rebalancing the excessive presence of Merlot by planting mainly Cabernet Franc, Capaldo explains. From this year, the vineyards will be converted to organic. Jeanette Servidio, managing director of Feudi Toscana, will be running Campo alle Comete personally, with the technical consultancy of the Florentine winemaker Stefano Di Blasi. Total production (including a Vermentino and a rosé) is about 100 thousand bottles a year, but will increase after the new vineyards have been planted.