Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala Antinori Italian Wines


Intense, complex aroma with notes of white flowers and flint balanced by a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied and well-structured palate with notes of toast, citrus and mineral. Elegant and persistent in the mouth, this is a wine with a long life ahead of it.


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Castello della Sala
Type of drink
White Wine
90% Chardonnay, 10% Grechetto
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Camille Berry is the in-house Sommelier for The Artisan Winery. Food and wine writer Camille Berry began her career as a sommelier, working for a variety of esteemed restaurants including Hakkasan San Francisco, and Chef Charlie Palmer's Burritt Room + Tavern, where she oversaw the wine program. She has helped develop dynamic wine lists, cocktail programmes, spoken on panels, and worked as a wine educator.

During the course of her career, Camille has earned various wine accreditations including the WSET Level 3 Advanced Award in wines, Certified Sommelier, from the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, and continues to educate herself further in the world of wine. She has twice competed in the Western Regionals for TopNewSomm: a professional sommelier competition for under-30s and in the Chaine de Rotisseurs' Best Young Sommelier Competition. As a writer, she shares her passion and know-how within the food and beverage sphere through her articles. Camille contributes to publications such as Food and Wine, Prevention, Experience Life, and Taste of Home, in addition to various wine and food-focused websites. She also works as a wine consultant, recipe developer, and copywriter for several world-renowned wineries.

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Niccolò Antinori bought the fourteenth-century Castello della Sala in 1940, to provide a source of white wines to match the excellence of his Tuscan reds. With the introduction of Cervaro della Sala in 1987, his dream was fully realised: this is one of Italy’s defining whites, as influential and sought after as Tignanello. The vineyards are planted with a mixture of traditional Italian and international varieties, offering a range of wines from the traditional Orvieto to the mould-breaking IGTs.


The grapes originate from fifteen to twenty-year-old vineyards surrounding Castello della Sala, at altitudes between 300 and 400 metres above sea level. The soil is rich in marine fossils with some clay. The grapes were harvested at night to maintain freshness.


Grapes were kept at a low temperature for destemming and crushing. The two varieties were fermented separately. The Chardonnay must was kept in contact with the skins for four hours to increase the range of aromas, was settled by gravity, then transferred into 225-litre French oak barriques for fermentation, while the Grechetto fermented in tank. The Chardonnay remained on its lees in barriques for about three months, during which time the malolactic was completed. It was then blended and bottled, and spent several months in bottle before release.


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