Chief Winemaker

Since 2011, Federico Cerelli has been the winemaker at Castello di Gabbiano, in the famed Chianti Classico region in Tuscany. Today as Chief Winemaker of Cavaliere d’Oro (Gold Knight), Federico harnesses over two decades of experience, and expands the Gabbiano portfolio beyond Tuscany and creates a bold collection of wines from across Italy – including Veneto, Puglia and Sicily.

Federico brings great energy, focus and a passion for innovation to the unique Cavaliere d’Oro portfolio. Orignally from Tuscany, Federico has a depth of understanding about the exceptional Chianti Classico winegrowing region and what it can deliver to finished wines. It is this passion for ‘terroir’ – land it is unique to a specific region - that has inspired the new portfolio which includes wines such as Primitivo from Puglia, a region nestled in Italy’s famous ‘Boot Heel’ and Prosecco from the North Eastern region of Veneto.

Unique terroir provides Federico with an impressive foundation from which to craft his wines. “I enjoy working with the vineyard teams year-round to ensure that our wines reflect the terroir of the region I am working”. The unpredictable nature of harvest makes each year exciting. I love the challenge of creating something authentic and memorable, and experiencing the reward of sharing it with people from all over the world.”

Federico Cerelli (FC) graduated in the year 2000 at the Universitàdegli Studi di Firenze with a degree in Enology and Viticulture with maximum score of 110/110.

Since 2005 he has been a member of the official commission of DOCG Chamber of Commerce of Florence and Siena. In the year 2006 he completed his masters in ‘Winemaking Process and Sensory Analysis of High Quality Red Wines’ at the Facultè d'oenologie, UniversitèVictor Segalen Bordeaux 2. And since 2008 he has also taught ONAV classes in Florence (National Organization Wine Tasters).

His continuous search for quality, respect for terroir and commitment to innovation aligns to the bold and confident essence of the Cavaliere d’Oro portfolio – drawing on a long history of over 500 years of wine production in Tuscany, whilst embracing new regions and what the unique terroirs has to offer.