About Il Palagio: Tenuta Il Palagio is a farm of about 350 ha. which extends over the Florentine hill of Figline Valdarno, a step away from the heart of Chianti. Born as a private cellar of a noble Florentine family in 1530, the Palagio over the centuries has become both a Manor House and a wine and olive farm.
In 1997, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler bought the Palagio from the Duke Simone Velluti of San Clemente. They restored the main villa, the farmhouses belonging to it and the vineyards, also acquiring new ones to start their business as wine producers.
In the 13 ha of vineyards, typical grapes of the Tuscan tradition are produced such as Colorino, Canaiolo and Sangiovese and also international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The company also manages leased land where Vermentino is produced.
From 2020, the Palagio began their collaboration with renowned oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella.
The company also owns about 6000 olive trees from which extra virgin olive oil IGP is obtained.
Last but not least they also produce 8 varieties of honey from their 60 families of bees.
Farming is organic and biodynamic
Description: 80% Merlot & 20% Sangiovese. Grapes from several vineyards in the provinces of Florence and Siena grown 1,082 feet above sea level in soil composed of sand and clay rich in magnesium and calcium. Intense aromas of red fruit with notes of spices. Full-bodied with delicate acidity and soft, round tannins followed by a complex and elegant finish.
Winemaking : Harvesting carried out end of September for Merlot and beginning of October for Sangiovese. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks; Maceration for 7 days at 10°C – 8 days at 28°C/30°C. The merlot is aged in French oak tonneaux and the Sangiovese in 25hl barrels, both for 12 months followed by 4 months of refinement in bottle.
Awards : 92 points Wine Spectator