Castello di Ama is in Gaiole di Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti. Sebasti’s father had purchased the land in the 1970s, and Pallanti became the winemaker there. By the early 1990s the couple were renovating the historic tenuta, or farm, and producing Chianti that impressed reviewers. In 2003 Gambero Rosso honored Marco Pallanti as Winemaker of the year, and in 2005 the journal named Castello di Ama the Best Winery of the Year. Castello di Ama owns 240 acres of vineyards and produces a portfolio of acclaimed Chianti Classicos, as well as red, rose and white Toscana wines. Gambero Rosso regularly gives the estate’s Chianti the highest rating of 3 glasses, and notes that “an authentic style has always been the salient feature of Ama wines…” Some 400,000 bottles are produced annually.