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17 May

600 Years Of Rich History

By: Justine Teal Categories: Wines

Cafaggio is located in Greve, Chianti and has a rich history that dates back more than 600 years, with the first document, a parchment that was conserved in the estate’s archives, attesting its existence dating back to 1408. In the late fifteenth century, the property was owned by the Benedictine monks of Siena, before passing into the hands of various owners, including the famous Niccolini family from Florence.

The estate was eventually sold to Florentine Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, and records show that even back then, the farm produced a great variety of food products, including wine and oil. In the 19th century, Villa Cafaggio, which derives from the estate’s original name ‘Cahago,’ which means ‘enclosed, cultivated field,’ was passed to the Boddi family, and at the end of the 1860s, the property was purchased as a country house by the Farkas family, but after more than a century of neglecting to upkeep the vineyards and property, 1967 the Farkas decided not only to renovate the wine cellars, but also replant the vineyards and olive groves.

From 2005 to 2015, Villa Cafaggio was managed by La-Vis Group, and most recently in 2016 it became property of the Istituto Atesino di Sviluppo (IAS) S.p.A., a financial service holding company based in Trento which worked on revitalising the brand and focused on growing the brand including growing export opportunities.

The estate is nestled into the ‘Conca d’Oro’ or the ‘Golden Basin,’ which is an area recognized as the finest zone for producing Chianti Classico. Today, the main priority of Cafaggio is to maintain the focus on the production process across the entire supply chain, which will ensure a further increase in the quality of its wines. Cafaggio seeks to strengthen its role as a niche producer of Chianti Classico and to develop and improve what already exists.

The Wine

2020 Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico DOCG

92 pts – James Suckling: Notes of red fruit, fine herbs and sweet spices on the nose. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Fruity, with a juicy edge and a lively finish. Tight at the end.


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