Castell’in Villa

Castell’in Villa

Toscana

Castelnuovo Berardenga

The daughter of a Greek aristocrat, Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa grew up in Switzerland but put down roots in Tuscany with her husband, Riccardo, in 1968 when they purchased the historic Castell’in Villa property in Castelnuovo Berardenga. Although the estate dates back to the 13th century, it was the couple, on the urging of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, who expanded the vineyards beyond the one-hectare legacy of the mezzandria to eventually occupy 50-odd hectares of the estate.
 
Following the death of Riccardo in 1985, and with some trepidation, the Principessa immersed herself in the running of the property, and in the process built one of Tuscany’s truly legendary estates....READ MORE

Castell’in Villa

Toscana

Castelnuovo Berardenga

The daughter of a Greek aristocrat, Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa grew up in Switzerland but put down roots in Tuscany with her husband, Riccardo, in 1968 when they purchased the historic Castell’in Villa property in Castelnuovo Berardenga. Although the estate dates back to the 13th century, it was the couple, on the urging of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, who expanded the vineyards beyond the one-hectare legacy of the mezzandria to eventually occupy 50-odd hectares of the estate.
 
Following the death of Riccardo in 1985, and with some trepidation, the Principessa immersed herself in the running of the property, and in the process built one of Tuscany’s truly legendary estates.

A working relationship with Giacomo Tachis saw Cabernet grafted onto Canaiolo vines to eventually produce a Super Tuscan, Santacroce, but the heart of the production is in producing Sangiovese in purezza. The relationship with Tachis also meant that those early, great, Tignanellos were produced from wine made at Castell’in Villa. 

 
The Principessa prefers to use large oak casks for her Chiantis and typically release her wines later than other estates, in keeping with their capacity to evolve gracefully. The wines of Castell’in Villa are ones of rare density and longevity, with many of the wines from the 70s and 80s still drinking well today.

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