Castello della Paneretta is located in Località Monsanto in Barberino Val d’Elsa in the Chianti Classico DOCG region of Tuscany, Italy.

Owner: The Albisetti family.

History: The Paneretta castle is situated on the western slopes of the dominating hills of the Elsa valley, looking towards San Gimignano. It was built around an ancient look out tower. The morning after the Battle of Montaperti, the “Ghibellini” ordered to leave the castle of Cepparello in 1260. This place was an important suburb and fortress of this area. So the sighting tower becomes bigger and reaches its importance. The first owners of the castle were the family Vettori, the last heir, Maddalena, brought it as dowry to her wedding with Ludovico Capponi in 1577. The couple restored the castle completely and commissioned Bernardino Poccetti, important manner painter, to fresco the loggia of the court. In this era the Paneretta became a place of passing by for painters and poets, one of those, Gerolamo Muzio, dedicated a poem to the castle and remained here until his death. Also the production of wine is documented from 1596 on. In 1696, Cassandra Capponi brought the castle an important collection of codex’s parchments and books into her marriage with the Marchese Carlo Riccardi Strozzi. This collection formed the nucleus of the Riccardian library in Florence. The Strozzi family remained owner of the castle until 1984, in this year, the family Albisetti took over. With its 309 hectares (majority woodland) Paneretta is one of the biggest farms of the area, producing 900 hectolitres of wine from 26 hectares of vineyards.

Vineyards: On the western slopes of the hills overlooking the Elsa valley, towards San Gimignano. With 309 hectares (majority woodland) Paneretta is one of the biggest farms of the area, producing 900 hectolitres of wine from 26 hectares of vineyards.

Red wines

Le Terrine: 1999 Sangiovese and Canaiolo.

Chianti Classico DOCG, Castello della Panereta2010 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino. Blackcurrant essence, sappy, a bit dry (DWWA 2013. No medal).

Chianti Classico DOC Riserva, Castello della Paneretta2009 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo. Smoky animal nose, sappy, better palate where bright if thinnish fruit has been dried by the wood, with a bit of funk too (Bronze, DWWA  2013). | 2011 Decent fruit and some new oak/tannins at the back at Ant Palmer’s for Sunday lunch at his house in Ropley (19th Oct 2014).

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Torre a Destra: 1995 Bottled. |1996 Bottled. | 1999 Bottled.

Vin Santo

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, Castello della Paneretta2009 70% Trebbiano, 30% Malvasia. | 2011 50% Malvasia, 50% Trebbiano.

Contact

Castello della Paneretta

Loc. Monsanto, Strada della Paneretta, 35

I-50021 Barberino Val d’Elsa (FI = Firenze), Italy | Tel+39 055.8059003