The massive property of Fattoria Il Palagio dominates 126 hectares of hills between Volterra and San Gimignano, 95 of which are vineyards. The estate consists of three main vineyard sites: Cellini (growing Sangiovese and some Cabernet Sauvignon), Ginestrelle (growing Vernaccia), and Chioppaia (growing Chardonnay and some Sauvignon Blanc). The soil here is sandy clay, high in calcium deposits. The property is situated 12 km from the famous medieval city of San Gimignano and 35 km from Siena. Il Palagio was formerly owned by the Marquis Matteucci Ramirez di Montalvo, descendant of a noble Spanish family who found fame and honor at the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici. It is now owned by the Zonin family, purchased in 1979 by Gaetano Zonin, and now run by the seventh generation of Zonin winemakers and viticulturists. The main structural complex was built in the late 1700s on the foundations of an ancient military settlement from the 1300s. Though Fattoria Il Palagio employs thoroughly modern harvesting and winemaking methods, the property remains full of history and tradition, supported, quite literally, by early Etruscan and Roman settlements. Satisfying Tuscan wines can be challenging to find and offer at value prices but Fattoria Il Palagio exceeds the mark at every tier. They take great pride in the history of the land on which they stand and strive to produce traditional Tuscan wines worthy of such long-lived tradition.
Black cherries and violets. A light bodied Chianti made to enjoy.
The soil is moved between rows for seeding of leguminous plants and grass essences through green manure. In this manner the chemical and physical characteristics of the soil are improved. Manual pruning and selection of gems to define the productive load are made during winter and spring.
Vinification takes place after delicate crushing of the grapes with Ganimede method. The must macerates on the skins for 1-2 weeks in order to favor the extraction of color and other polyphenolic substances
The wines are aged in steel tanks and French oak barriques.