The Farm “Il Castagno” Cortona
My father Sergio Dionisio acquired “Il Castagno” (the estate is named after the area where it is located) in the early 1970s, a modest property of some seven hectares, located on the hills facing the town of Cortona, which included a vineyard and a grove of olive trees. Since then, my dream was to send my roots even deeper into the soil of Tuscany, to preserve that small corner of paradise by establishing a winery that would develop the exceptional suitability of that area for growing high-quality grapes.
In 1992, after the purchase of a second parcel of land, just a few kilometres away, located in the area named “Poggio del Sole”, the estate reached its current size. Today it includes two properties, both sited on Cortona’s gentle hills, in what has always been known as the “Chiuso della Valdichiana”, at an average height of 300 metres. The vines, on gently rolling slopes, are surrounded by a classically Tuscan landscape of woods, olive trees, grain fields, sunflowers, tobacco plants medieval hamlets, country villas, churches, and Etruscan remains. It is a high plateau set between the Val d’Orcia, and the steep slopes of the Casentino and of the upper Tiber Valley. From there the view extends from Monte Sant’Egidio, to the ancient and noble city of Cortona, and widens to Lake Trasimeno, Mount Cetona, Montepulcano and Monte Amiata.
At “Il Castagno” we find now the ancient mansion house, some of the vineyards, the fermentation cellar and the barrel cellar. The heart of the winery is here, and that’s why I named “Il Castagno” my signature wine (Syrah Cortona DOC, 100% Syrah) produced for the first time in 2003.
Alessandra my wife and Sales-Marketing Manager;
Alessandro Lanterna, Winery Manager;
Stefano Dini, consulting agronomist;
Attilio Pagli and Valentino Ciarla, consulting oenologists;
and me, main responsible (or guilty…?) for this madness.