Great Art, Fine Tuscan Wine

Castello di Ama’s grapes are the inspiration behind the vineyard’s world-class art collection.

Not far from the touristy Tuscan town of Radda in Chianti but largely unknown to most visitors, Castello di Ama is one of the more unique wineries—and art spaces—out there. Since 2000, owners Lorenza Sebasti and her husband, Bordeaux-trained winemaker Marco Pallanti, have invited artists to spend a season in residence on the property, a tiny, ancient hamlet where grapes have been grown for 500 years. In turn, each artist—Anish Kapoor and Chen Zhen have been guests—creates a site-specific work: in the barrel-aging rooms, in an underground cistern, among the olive trees and even in an 18th-century chapel, which Kapoor transformed into Aima, a meditation on Heaven, Hell and Hinduism. Don’t forget the wine—not only the bread-and-butter Chianti Classico but also single-vineyard offerings, like L’Apparita, a Merlot that has defeated Château Pétrus in a blind tasting. Tours are by appointment only; Gaiole in Chianti; 39-0577/746-031;