About Stella di Campalto
Her 33-acre San Giuseppe farm comprises 13 acres of Sangiovese vines, the rest being natural forest and olive groves. The single stretch of vineyard spans altitudes from 1,100 to 780 feet and is sectioned into six distinct plots. Stella keeps her holdings intimate to maintain personal ties with each vine and ensure easy access from cellar to vineyard.
Embracing organic farming since 1996, she transitioned to biodynamics in 2005. Remarkably, the land remains untouched by chemicals, having lain fallow since the 1940s. Stella’s grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and gravity-fed into wooden vats for individual plot fermentation on native yeasts. Depending on the vintage, wines age for 18 to 22 months in a blend of barriques and larger botti in a cellar 50 feet underground, ensuring stable temperatures. Wines are then bottled by hand, without fining or filtering.