Villa La Pagliaia
Villa La Pagliaia is an ancient country mansion located in the middle of the Chianti Classico hills, a few kilometers from Siena. The villa was built by Giulio Bianchi Bandinelli (1769-1824), a member of a prominent and ancient Sienese family. Over the years, this property has not lost its original charm, since the elegance of the italian-style building is also reflected in the architecture of the garden in front of it. The villa is surrounded by a romantic English landscape park that blends in perfectly with the style of the Italian garden, with round flower beds bordered by low boxwood hedges and gravel paths.
Because of its unmistakable beauty, as well as for the surrounding landscape and the atmosphere of peace and serenity that reigned inside, Villa La Pagliaia soon became the home of Grand Duke Ferdinand III and his court when he was in Siena. During his stay, the Grand Duke praised the territory, the mild climate and the wide-open spaces that allowed him to enjoy a pleasant stay with his entourage.
Villa La Pagliaia produced its first bottle of wine in 1895, and is therefore one of the historic producers of the area. Located in the southern part of the Chianti Classico region, the vineyards owned by Villa La Pagliaia are characterized by a mixed soil of clay and limestone. Almost all of them are planted with Sangiovese and produce three wines of absolute excellence: Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.
At the end of the 19th century, the estate was purchased by Allianz – which already owned the nearby Estate of San Felice. Since then, the respect for the local terroir and the Sangiovese have always distinguished the wines of Villa La Pagliaia, which are still appreciated throughout the world for their authentically tuscan style.
Chianti Classico is a wine-growing region located between the provinces of Florence and Siena, covering a total area of 71,800 hectares, 7200 of which are vineyards. The climatic characteristics of this area, as well as the particular composition of the soil make it suitable for the production of high quality wines. It is no coincidence that this denomination is one of the most prestigious in Italy and is exported to 130 countries around the world.
Chianti Classico must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese – although today in several cases most wines are produced solely with this traditional grape. But other varieties can also be used in a blend, either natives (Canaiolo Nero, Colorino) or international (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc).
Chianti Classico bottles are easily recognizable thanks to the “Gallo Nero” seal – the Black Rooster – the historic symbol of the ancient Military League of Chianti reproduced by Giorgio Vasari in a fresco of the Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
It is therefore clear how important it is to talk about Chianti Classico and to give the right meaning to the adjective that is too often forgotten. In fact, Chianti and Chianti Classico should not and cannot be confused, since the two denominations not only distinguish two different types of wine, but also imply different production guidelines: only the bottles of Chianti Classico can be labelled with the historic “Gallo Nero” seal.
Villa la Pagliaia Chianti Classico, Riserva and Gran Selezione reflect a winemaking tradition that respects the territory and the production protocols of Chianti Classico.