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Castell’in Villa

Castelnuovo Berardenga, Chianti Classico,
Toscana, Italy

About the producer

Nestled in Castelnuovo Berardenga within the Chianti Classico region, the renowned Castell’in Villa estate boasts a rich history dating back to the 1200s as a medieval hamlet and military outpost. Its prominence in winemaking, however, is credited to the current owner, Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa, a Greek-born aristocrat, and her late husband Riccardo Pignatelli della Leonessa, who acquired the estate in 1968. During this transitional period from the feudal collective system to private estates, the Princess transformed the estate from a 13th-century farmhouse and minimal vineyards to a sprawling 300-hectare property, with 50 hectares dedicated to vine cultivation. Following Riccardo's passing in 1985, Princess Coralia contemplated selling the estate but chose instead to take on the responsibility herself. Despite the estate's less-than-ideal condition and the need for extensive renovations, the Princess, favoring an old-school winemaking approach, eschews many barriques in favor of aging in older large casks. Her Sangiovese-exclusive Chiantis, marked by their elegance and longevity, stand out as some of the most refined expressions in the region.


Stylistically, the wines exude classical purity, displaying remarkable elegance and character. Each wine possesses an inherent energy and lift, featuring well-integrated acidity and a balanced structure. The majority of production comprises botti-aged Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva, with an additional single-vineyard Chianti Classico Riserva from the 'Poggio delle Rose' vineyard. Princess Coralia also crafts a Sangiovese-Cabernet blend named 'Santa Croce.'

In the Vineyard

Location of vineyards

Castelnuovo Berardenga - Castell'in Villa

In the Cellar

Additional notes

Wines produced

La Gazzara Toscana rosato, Gazzarina Toscana rosso, Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico, Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva, Poggio delle Rose Chianti Classico Riserva, Santacroce Toscana rosso