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Nobel traditions of Tuscany

A fascinating blend of traditions and a new approach. That's Aiola
Aiola is situated about 10 km away from Siena, on a gently winding panoramic road leading from Vagliagli to Radda. Once upon a time a mighty castle protecting access to Siena, then a noble summer residence in the late Renaissance, today Aiola preserves important traces of a medieval fortress.
Today Aiola is a winery in the heart of the Chianti Classico, both geographical and wine zones. The 36 ha of vineyards where Chianti Classico wines are born, are protected by oak- tree and chestnut groves. In line with the Chianti Classico zone rules, Sangiovese forms 80% of all grapes we grow, other varieties include autochthonous Colorino, international Merlot and Cabernet etc. Since 1947, Fattoria della Aiola is a member of Chianti Classico Consortium, so the whole process of Chianti Classico production is following its standards.
The image of “Gallo Nero” – Black Rooster, the quality trademark of Chianti Classico Consortium, adorns our wine bottles and straw-covered flasks – “fiaschi”.
Chianti Classico is our core wine, but our portfolio is varied: it includes IGT wines - blends of Italian and international grapes, produced in limited quantities. Aiola is famous for its grappa, produced from Sangiovese pomace, as well as for cold-pressed virgin olive oil made from our own olives.
The passion for wine and creativity are the driving forces behind everything we do: new wines bearing the Aiola logo and brand are made at the facilities completely renovated in 2015. Our ambitious growth plans foresee planting new vineyards in the years to come.
Wine is about people! Paolo Salvi, a true Master of Chianti Classico and one of the best oenologists in Italy, is at the helm of the winemaking team. His inspiration and our great team’s work are behind numerous rewards and high scores from critics and international competitions. In 2015, the single vineyard “Cancello Rosso” was qualified as Gran Selezione, top quality level of the Chianti Classico.
Chianti Classico
The territory.
Flanked by two great cities of art, Florence and Siena, the territory of Chianti Classico is divided into 9 subzones. Our vineyards are situated on the border between two of them – Radda in Chianti and Vagliagli of Castelnuovo Berardenga – getting the best of each of their distinctive characters.
Denominazione
di Origine Controllata
e Garantita
Storia del Chianti Classico
Black Rooster that you will almost always see adorning bottles of Chianti Classico, was a historic emblem of Lega del Chianti, a XIV century military and political institution of the Florentine Republic. The rules of Chianti Classico DOCG, a designation of the highest quality standards, require wines to be made with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes, while 20% can be other red varieties, local or international.
Aiola Chianti Classico wines are made with at least 90% Sangiovese and varying shares of Colorino, an autochthonous grape, and Merlot.
1384 — A Black Rooster against golden background is adopted as the symbol of the Lega del Chianti
1398 — The first official document mentioning “Chianti” (now Chianti Classico) as a reference to wine.
1716 — The Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III Medici sets the boundaries of the production zone of Chianti wine, today Chianti Classico
1924 —The first Consortium for protecting a typical wine and its brand is born in Italy with Black Rooster as its symbol.
1932 — The wine produced at the historically defined territory Chianti territory gets the distinctive designation “Classico
1947 — Fattoria della Aiola becomes a member of the Chianti Classico Consortium
1984 —Chianti Classico becomes DOCG, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita
1996 —DOCG rules evolve allowing Chianti Classico wines made from up to 100% Sangiovese.
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The leggend of the Black Rooster
The black rooster has actually been the symbol of the entire Chianti for many hundreds of years. The legend passed from generation to generation tells us about the ongoing rivalry between Florence and Siena in Medieval times over who should rule the hills of Chianti. In fact, so much blood was shed that they finally decided to settle this once and for all, in an incredibly unique way.
They decided that two horsemen should depart at the same time from Siena and Florence and travel towards each other. Where the horsemen met the borders would be drawn. The riders should start at dawn and the exact departure time in each city was to be defined by the crow of a rooster, as town clocks could hardly be synchronized.
I senesi ne scelsero uno bianco, mentre i fiorentini optarono per uno nero, che tennero chiuso in una piccola e buia stia, pressoché digiuno per così tanti giorni da indurlo in un forte stato di esasperazione.
Il giorno fatidico della partenza, non appena fu tolto dalla stia, il gallo nero cominciò a cantare fortemente anche se l'alba era ancora lontana. Il suo canto consentì quindi al cavaliere di Firenze di partire immediatamente e con grande vantaggio su quello senese, che dovette attendere le prime luci del giorno, quando il suo gallo, cantando regolarmente, gli permise di partire.
Ma dato il notevole ritardo accumulato nei confronti dell'antagonista, il cavaliere senese percorse solo dodici chilometri in solitudine, poiché a Fonterutoli incontrò l'altro cavaliere. Fu così che quasi tutto il Chianti passò sotto il controllo della Repubblica Fiorentina, molto tempo prima della caduta di Siena stessa. www.chianticlassico.com ©
Fattoria della Aiola definisce il paesaggio vitivinicolo di Vagliagli, un villaggio medioevale che si trova a pochi chilometri a nord di Siena.Vagliagli, il cui nome deriva da Vallialli – valle del signor Allius, e Castello dell'Aiola per secoli sono stati a difesa della città senese.
Noi siamo Aiola
Paolo Barzagli
Direttore tecnico
Nicola Vangelista
Cantiniere
Donatella Guerrini
Amministrazione e logistica
Maya Beck
Ricevimento Gruppi
Natalia Meylunas
Responsabile Vendite Estero
Bianca Schumann
Addetta Pubbliche Relazioni
Davide Toschi
Responsabile Vendite Italia
Svetlana Kuskova
Amministratore Delegato
Alessandro Bisogni
Vignaiolo
Arges Priska
Vignaiolo
Claudio Amore
Vignaiolo
Alessandro Trombini
Vignaiolo
Iso Ademi
Vignaiolo
Ramiska Ademi
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