Chief Winemaker

Federico Cerelli has been the winemaker at Castello di Gabbiano since 2011, in the famed Chianti Classico region in Tuscany. Today as Chief Winemaker, 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 Gabbiano 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 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 2000 from 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, Universitè Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2. He has also taught ONAV classes in Florence (National Organization Wine Tasters) since 2008 .

His continuous search for quality, respect for terroir and commitment to innovation aligns to the bold and confident essence of the Gabbiano 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.