Caggio landscape
Painting of the estate


IPSUS is born from the perfect combination of a land ideal for growing Sangiovese vines and the passion of a noble family dedicated to the art of winemaking since 1435.

Il Caggio is a medieval hamlet which sits within its own unique paradise, surrounded by rolling hills adorned with indigenous Sangiovese vines. The heavenly “clos” is what caught the Mazzei family’s eye. It is from these 6.5 hectares at the heart of the 150 hectares belonging to the hamlet that the Mazzei family have produced an extraordinary wine.

Il Caggio resides between 320 and 350 metres above sea level and has the perfect characteristics to produce a spectacular Sangiovese. The soil is mainly clay schist mixed with calcareous marl and alberese rock fragments, and the vineyard plots have 150-degree exposure South-East South-West. Combined with the Mediterranean microclimate, the terroir lends itself perfectly to the creation of a masterpiece.

Noble by nature


True nobility is natural, real and honest, and the purity of nature is spectacular in its nobility. Love of the environment and respect for the land, paired with progress in sustainability, come naturally to the Mazzei family.

We have drawn upon over 600 years of experience in growing distinguished Sangiovese to initiate an experimental organic programme focussing on the immune system of the plant, whereby increased immunity is induced through natural means.

With Il Caggio we built on this even further, pursuing sustainable farming with the objective of guaranteeing the stability of the ecosystem. Thanks to the woods, vineyards, plantations, olive groves, and cover crops on the estate, Il Caggio absorbs five times more CO2 than it emits. This is complemented by the exclusive use of green manure designed to increase the content of organic substances in the soil, and at the same time enrich the biodiversity of the agroecosystem.

The vineyards comprise ledge-shaped terraces which reduce erosion and are faithful to the heritage of the local landscape.

Fragments of Alberese rock from the soil of Caggio

The clos

Size: 6.5 hectare enclave
Altitude: 320 to 350 metres
Exposure: from South-East to South-West (150°)
Plots: Cantina di Sopra, Cantina di Sotto, Pero, Campaccio di Sopra, Campaccio di Sotto, Orto
Climate: Mediterranean, well-ventilated
Soil: clay schist mixed with calcareous marl and alberese rock fragments
Vines: selected Sangiovese clones deriving from half a century of research:
- 4 exclusive Mazzei massal selection
- 3 Chianti Classico selection (2000/1, 2000/5, 2000/7)
- F9, T19
Rootstock: 110R, 420A, 779P, Kober 5BB

Visual Inspiration

The red stones found in the walls of Il Caggio reflect the soul of Tuscany, and recall Leonardo da Vinci‘s marvellous “sanguigna” (red chalk) drawings.

This unique colour is reflected in the capsule on each bottle of IPSUS, as a tribute to the genius of Il Caggio’s surrounding land.

Our special wine: Ipsus

Ipsus 2016

IPSUS has a distinguished power which represents its own unique terroir, Il Caggio.
Fine and silky tannins are combined with red berries, cherries and the aromas of blood orange peel. Touches of violet, roses and lavender are seasoned with delicate spices and crushed stones.

IPSUS, with its tightly-wound texture and long, savoury finish, is an electrifying wine.
A wine with great ageing potential, it is endlessly intriguing, and will not cease to delight you.

IPSUS has courage with a touch of arrogance and the soul of a dreamer.

IPSUS pushes the boundaries of Tuscan winemaking.

The 2016 harvest

The 2016 vintage began with a rainy but mild winter, with temperatures above the seasonal average; spring and early summer saw more rainfall than normal. At the end of June the rain stopped and temperatures rose, marking the beginning of summer in timely fashion on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm days that were not too hot, but encouraged slow and steady ripening of the grapes. At the end of August, and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, temperatures fluctuated greatly between the day and night, adding freshness and complexity to the high volume of polyphenolic substances in our Sangiovese. Overall the 2016 vintage benefitted from ideal growing conditions, culminating in a wine of great quality.

Beginning of the harvest: 30th September
End of the harvest: 11th October
Rainfall (total rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding

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