The suggestive medieval settlement of Castell’in Villa stands out not only for its preservation of many of the original structures, but above all for its privileged position which offers a breathtaking view over the hills, woods and vineyards up to the towers and palaces of Siena: one of the most exciting panoramas of the Sienese Chianti.
The first information regarding the village dates back to August 1176, when Ugo di Valcortese, representative of all the inhabitants, signed a document in the cloister of the parish of Castell’in Villa dedicated to Saints Christopher and Jacopo, formalizing the entry of the community under the aegis of the Municipality of Siena. In January 1263, however, Palmiero di Bruno, a Sienese furrier, was appointed mayor of Castell’in Villa. Probably, thanks to its particular position, the Sienese decided to build the imposing stone tower from which to control the borders with Florence their eternal rival. Due to its border position, the village of Castell’in Villa was often besieged by the Florentines, suffering serious damage in 1453. However, the village is still dominated today by the majestic square tower around which the spaces for hospitality develop and the agritourism, as well as the noble chapel and a collection of original works by contemporary artists. On the edge of the settlement is the aforementioned parish church dedicated to San Cristoforo, which, thanks to its position along a transit route, also served as a hospital: one of the many small free hospices for pilgrims and travellers, often dedicated precisely to this Saint, located along important roads. The estate, extending for about three hundred hectares, was purchased in 1968 by Riccardo and Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa and, after a careful conservative restoration, today Castell’in Villa stands on the rolling hills of Chianti, surrounded by centuries-old vineyards and woods, keeping intact its charming medieval appearance.
Alcoholic fermentation with exclusive use of indigenous yeasts. Aging 12 months in oak barrels, then at least 18 months in the bottle.
Dark ruby red colour. On the nose balsamic aromas, which subsequently transform towards the end into a mix of sensations more related to flowers. Upon tasting it, we notice a solid, sophisticated and elegant structure, with a sip that evolves in an interesting and pleasantly tasty way, offering a satisfying drinking experience.
In combination it is very suitable for soft and tasty cheeses, rich, tasty and basically fatty meat dishes.