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 36-48 months in large oak barrels.
Ruby red color with garnet reflections. On the nose, all its extraordinary elegance is perceived with sophisticated aromas of morello cherries, red currants, subtle spices, aromatic herbs typical of the Mediterranean scrub, undertones of undergrowth, leather, light tobacco, toasting and precious woods. Its solid structure is supported by a ripe and perfectly blended tannic texture, wrapped in deep, complex and long-lasting aromas. The finish is harmonious, prolonged and characterized by a pleasant freshness.
Thanks to its good structure and aromatic complexity, it goes well with red meats, such as roast beef or stewed wild boar. It also accompanies dishes based on aged cheeses, such as Tuscan pecorino. For a more refined taste experience, it can be combined with game dishes or a selection of quality cold cuts and hams. Also try it with traditional Tuscan dishes, such as ribollita or Florentine steak.