Castello di Ama is named after a small agricultural hamlet, nestled in the hills at an altitude of 500 metres. Five centuries ago, it was the hub of a florid farming and winemaking business overseen by a group of local families. The present day estate was founded in the 1960s by a group of families who had fallen under the spell of this magical spot. They set themselves the task of reviving Ama's past glories and producing a Chianti Classico that would rank among the world's most prestigious wines. It is the family of Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti who now run the estate. Lorenza is Roman and the second generation of one of the original families who owned the property. Marco is Tuscan and honed his wine making skills partly in Italy and partly in France. In 2003 he was elected best winemaker of the year by Wine Guide Gambero Rosso.