Podere Il Carnasciale is situated in the southern Chianti mountains in the Valdarno, thirty kilometers from Siena and Arezzo, and sixty kilometers south of Florence. True to Wolf Rogosky’s idea and vision, the small hilltop estate is run by Bettina Rogosky and her son Moritz, in collaboration with the enologist and winemaker Peter Schilling. The variety, or rather biotype, Caberlot, was first identified in the late 1960´s in an abandoned vineyard near Padua by the agronomist Dr. Remigio Bordini. While the grape has the
organoleptic characteristics of Cabernet Franc, its ampelographic profile however is closer to that of Merlot, leading us to assume that the loose-cluster Caberlot is a natural crossing of the varieties, a hybrid.
After meeting Bordini and Vittorio Fiore in the early 1980′s, and following the bitter frost of 1985, Wolf Rogosky set out to produce a great wine of truly unique character. The first vineyard ‘Carnasciale’, a mere 0,3 hectares, was planted in 1986 in high density spacing of 11.000 vines per hectare. The autochtonous terroir, stony and on slope, had seen nothing but olive trees for over a hundred years. Two additional parcels have been planted since, in 1999 and in 2004, for a total vineyard surface today of about 2,1 hectares.