Carpineto takes its name from the Greek, carpos, meaning fruit. Co-founded in 1967 by Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo, Carpineto quickly developed an international, award-winning reputation for consistently elegant wines.
Sacchet and Zaccheo originally set out to produce a world-class red wine from Chianti Classico. Their vision expanded to include three additional properties in Tuscany’s most prestigious appellations – Montepulciano, Montalcino, and San Gimignano – with a total of 424 hectares of land under vine.
Carpineto’s viticultural and enological practices allow it to successfully produce traditional wines using modern, innovative methods that maximize the potential of the terroir. The winery prides itself in its sustainable, low-impact farming techniques and adheres to a strict production code which features renewable energy and preservation of biodiversity. Focused on quality, Carpineto even imposes stricter quality standards upon itself than those outlined in the DOCG regulations.
Carpineto has remained true to its roots, with around 95 percent of its wine production focusing on red wine, including Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Dogajolo Rosso.
Still actively involved in the winery, founders Zaccheo and Sacchet are now joined by the next generation. Antonio Michael Zaccheo Jr. oversees sales and marketing while Caterina Sacchet works as a winemaker.
Giovanni Carlo Sacchet & Antonio Mario Zaccheo
Giovanni Carlo Sacchet
An enologist by vocation, not by family tradition, Giovanni Carlo Sacchet fell in love with Tuscany, his adopted land. He is originally from the province of Belluno, a mountainous area at the northeast corner of Italy. After graduating from the School of Enology in Conegliano he moved to Tuscany where he began his professional experience contributing to the Tuscan wine Renaissance. It was destiny that he should meet Antonio Mario Zaccheo, with whom he shares the same passion and objectives. Together they embarked on a great adventure in Chianti Classico called ‘Carpineto’. Together with his staff, he follows in great detail the daily operations of the winery, from winemaking to bottling, including label design. On a hillside overlooking the Chianti hills and the Valdarno Superiore valley, near the Gaville estate, is where Giancarlo, his wife Daniela, and their two daughters, Caterina and Elisabetta, call home.
Antonio Mario Zaccheo
Born to a family of winemakers, his experience began at the family farm first in Puglia then in Lazio, near Rome. Since his youth, he was involved in all aspects of grape growing and winemaking, as well as sales, never having any doubt that he was going to remain a winemaker. After graduating from high school he was convinced that the Chianti Classico region was the place for realizing his dreams. It was destiny that he should meet Giovanni Carlo Sacchet, with whom he shares a love for Tuscany as well as the same passion and objectives. Together they embarked on a great Tuscan adventure called ‘Carpineto’, which today is a quality leader known worldwide.