Standing tall on the western slopes of the dominating hills of Elsa valley, the Paneretta castle of Chianti is not just a magnificent part of the winery Castello della Paneretta, but also an important chapter in the history of the Tuscany region. This castle has always been the center of admiration and importance having been built as a sighting tower of an important suburb, but had reached the peak of excellence on the hands of Maddalena and Ludovico Capponi. Under their cares, the walls and the ceilings of it turned into the canvas for exquisite artistry and its atmosphere became enriched with the presence of maestros from different sectors of Italian culture. This spectacular piece of architecture was turned into the birthplace of sublime-quality Chianti Classico wines under the care of Albisetti family that took control over the estate in the year of 1984. Enrico Albisetti, who is the son of the current owner, is currently in control of all the affairs related to this winery. Under his vigilance and with the diligence of everyone attached to this estate, the 22 hectares of picturesque vineyards, located between the villages Barberino and Castellina, have turned into the ideal cultivation ground for succulent Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes. Tradition has not only been maintained by the owners during vinification, but also during the cultivation when only the autochthonous clones of the grapes are cultivated in the most organic way possible. Use of any chemical substances like herbicides or pesticides is strictly prohibited on these vineyards.
The pleasant weather condition and the variance in the soil structure have added distinctive features to the yield of different vineyards and have also added uniqueness to the wines of this cellar. The stony soil of the vineyards is from Pliocene period and has excellent water retention capacity. It varies in colors (from purple to red and pale grey) and qualities (from lightly eroded to well-preserved), but has the basic composition of limestone and clay. The density of the vineyard is currently 5,000 plants per hectare. But, according to the owners this number will soon escalate to 6,000 to 8,000 plants per hectare in the near future. The beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished rooms of this palatial winery will also be able to gift you with a pleasant resting time, on your request, with the panoramic view of widespread greenery that merges seamlessly with the blue horizon of Italy. A bottle of elegant Classico wine from this cellar will be your most amorous companion on such visits.