Fattoria dell’Aiola | Estate winery in Vagliagli, a locality (‘frazione’) in Castelnuovo Berardenga in Tuscany. The estate makes red wines under the Chianti Classico DOCG, a dry white under the Val d’Arbia DOC and a sweet dried grape wine under the Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC.
Origins and history | The castle was originally a 13th-century fortress (a fortified villa). The estate was bought by Giovanni Malagodi in 1934. After the death of the Senator Malagodi, the family decided to sell the estate in 2012. The new owner is an investment group led by a Russian businessman. As well as investing in infrastructure the new owner is expanding the area under vine (see below).
Staff | Consultant oenologist: Paolo Salvi (2019). | Production director in charge of the vineyards: Paolo Barzagli. | Cantiniere: Nicola Evangelista.
Estate vineyards | 2019 Around 100 hectares of land of which 26ha are vineyards in four main blocks. Under the current owner the vineyard area will expand to 36ha by 2025.
Rosato dell’Aiola Brut, Toscana IGT Rosato | 100% Sangiovese.
Bianco dell’Aiola IGT Toscana Bianco: This has also been bottled under the Val d’Arbia DOC.
Rosato dell’Aiola, Toscana IGT Rosato: 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Fattoria dell’Aiola: 2015 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. | 2016 90% Sangiovese, 5% each Merlot and Colorino. Nice and sappy (Anteprima 2019).
Chianti Classico DOCG, Poggio del Tracco: 2019 95% Sangiovese
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Fattoria dell’Aiola: 2015 90% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino, 5% Merlot. | 2016 90% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino, 5% Merlot. Fermented in stainless steel, then aged in botti. Just bottled: Sappy, smooth, light, fluid (Anteprima 2019).
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Fattoria dell’Aiola, Cancello Rosso | 2013 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. | 2015 90% Sangiovese, 5% each Colorino and Merlot.
Armata dell’Aiola, Toscana Rosso IGT: Mainly Sangiovese.
Logaiolo, Toscana Rosso IGT: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese.
Rosso del Senatore, Rosso IGT: Super Tuscan created by the founder of the estate, “il Senatore” Giovanni Malagodi. Made from 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Sangiovese.
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, Fattoria dell’Aiola: 1996 Bottled.
Grappa l’Aiola (100% estate grown Sangiovese pomace, distilled by Bonollo). | Brandy l’Aiola.
Fattoria della Aiola
Strada Provinciale, 102
Fraz Vagliagli, I-53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.322615 | www.aiolawines.com