Grappa has always been a family tradition at Volpaia. Rafaello Stianti — printer, hunter and first-generation Stianti in Volpaia — used to distill grappa for himself and his friends to enjoy during hunting. It is doubtful that Rafaello had the proper licenses at the time, but some of the best distilled beverages come from the passion of men more than from strict rules.
Volpaia is no longer a hunting reservoir; it is now dedicated to protecting the environment through its commitment to organic practices. Despite this change, the culture of grappa and friendship still lives on in the Stianti family.
Grappa is distilled from grape pomace, and, like many other distilled products, its quality is strongly connected to the quality of the base product — in this case, the grapes themselves. The best pomace comes from the best grapes that give birth to outstanding wines.
The Stianti family, faithful to Raffaello’s heritage, chooses the best pomace of the Volpaia wines to create a unique grappa of Sangiovese from Chianti Classico.