Carpineto was founded in 1967 by Antonio Zaccheo and Giovanni Sacchet and farms 424 hectares of land spread over four estates among Tuscany's most prestigious appellations. The original aim of the producers - to produce modern, world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation (a radical departure when most Chianti was still produced in the traditional wine-making style) - has been admirably fulfilled. Pioneers of internationalism of Tuscany, the Dogajolo is a great example of this ethos of action. Carpineto has been named IWSC Italian Wine Producer Of The Year in 2003 and was the first ever Italian winery ever to win the IWSC International Winemaker Of The Year Trophy in 1994. Antonio Zaccheo is now aided by his son Antonio and daughter Francesca, who both previously worked in the wine trade in the USA. Giovanni Sacchet's daughter, Caterina, has recently joined the Carpineto winemaking team after finishing her viticulture and oenology degree.
The vines are grown in the Gaville Estate near Florence and Chianciano near Siena, in south-facing lower hillsides of older vineyards, which today are no longer in existence. Planted during the mid to late 1960’s, the vines are spaced at 2.80 x 1.20 metres and are trained on double arch system. The sedimentary soils are rich in clay, conglomerate pebbles, with green and grey calcite.
The harvested grapes were dried in wooden boxes then slowly barrel fermented during the winter months. Part of the wine was aged in traditional "caratelli", small barrels made of chestnut, the balance in oak barrels, for a total of 16 years. The wine was bottled and left to rest in a temperature controlled underground cellar.