At an altitude ranging from 300-400 meters a.s.l. and covering a surface area of roughly 60 hectares, Villa Cafaggio’s conca d’oro vineyards have been renowned for the extraordinary wines they produce since the Renaissance and beyond (literally translated, conca d’oro means “golden shell”; it can also translated as “golden bowl” or “golden basin”).
As the name suggests, the conca is a steep natural amphitheater with southern exposure, ideal for the cultivation of grapes that will be transformed into richly flavored wines with marked structure and immense aging potential.
Located in the heart of Panzano commune, one of the five Chianti Classico DOCG villages where Chianti was originally made (the only five townships where Chianti Classico can be produced today), the conca d’ora’s soils are a mix of rocky galestro limestone (an olive green type of limestone unique to Chianti) and calcareous sandstone with a “scaly clay” texture and plasticity. With excellent drainage that gives the vines extra vigor as their roots search for the water table, the soil types combined with the altitude and exposure make the estate’s vineyards one of the most coveted fine wine growing sites in all of Tuscany.
Villa Cafaggio is an active member of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano (Panzano Grape Grower and Winemaker Union), founded in 1995, an association that supports the township’s wineries and helps to promote their wines.
Did you know?
Villa Cafaggio’s legendary Chianti Classico Riserva “Basilica San Martino” is named after a church in Cecione hamlet near Panzano where the winery is located. It’s a nod to the estate’s origins as the home to an order of friars who first developed grape growing there.
Wines from Cafaggio
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