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About Dionisio

After over 30 years of research and comparison, Attilio Scienza, a renowned Ampelologist, demonstrated the suitability of Cortona's terroir for growing Rhône varieties. This is due to the similar soil and climate conditions shared by both regions. In 1990, Cortona was granted DOC status as a result of these studies. Napoleon's introduction of these grape varieties was not to disrespect Italy but to enhance agricultural outcomes in these areas. Consequently, Cortona is now recognized for producing historic wines that reflect its French influence.

In this context, Fabrizio Dionisio's winery stands out for its dedication to artisanal winemaking. They meticulously handle every aspect of production, from the vineyard to the cellar, emphasizing environmental respect and creating wines with character. Sergio Dionisio purchased a small estate called Il Castagno in the early 1970s, later expanding it with the acquisition of Poggio del Sole in 1992. Situated in the hills facing Cortona, Il Castagno includes vineyards and an olive grove. Today, Alessandra and Fabrizio, Sergio's son, manage this family estate following organic farming practices and holding European certification.

Initially led by Federico Curtaz and Attilio Pagli, the winemaking operations are now overseen by Oriol Parés Marcé. Critics praise their wines, describing Il Castagno's Syrah as a delightful wine with rich fruit flavors, hints of dark chocolate and leather, culminating in a smooth finish with robust cherry notes.

The fame of Tuscany for Syrah and Viognier can be traced back to historical events. When Ferdinando Dei Medici's children failed to produce an heir, their assets passed to the Hapsburg-Lorraine dynasty and later fell under Napoleonic rule. Napoleon's affinity for Rhône Valley wines led to significant changes in Tuscany's social and economic landscape, including the introduction of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon as mandatory crops.

Additional Details:

  • Producer: Fabrizio Dionisio
  • Varietals: Syrah, Viognier
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  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Sub Region: Arezzo

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