Perhaps it was a coincidence or maybe it was a twist of fate that, in 1983, Cosimo Loia purchased the Palazzo estate, which carried the same family surname as his wife, Antonietta Palazzo.
After spending over 25 years in the UK (between England and Scotland), Cosimo and Antonietta’s desire was to return to their homeland. On one of their trips they stopped by Montalcino and fell in love at first sight in this area, decided to pursue their dream and appreciation for country living, and settled in Montalcino with their children.
A picturesque farm, located on the southeastern slope of Montalcino, covers 12 hectares (30 acres) at an altitude of 320 meters (1,050 ft) above sea level. The soils are of Eocene origin, stony and arid, and particularly suitable for growing Sangiovese.
Palazzo’s vineyards cover 4 hectares and are located next to top producers like Cerbaiona and Salvioni. 3 more hectares are dedicated to olive trees. The vineyards enjoy perfect sun exposure and are well protected from the sea breezes. A strict selection during the growing season allows the grapes to ripen well before being individually handpicked.
Palazzo is considered a boutique winery, producing 20,000 bottles annually. Keeping things small allows Palazzo to continue under the strict management of the family and ensure that the wines retain the highest quality. Over the past years, the winery has experienced some major structural changes: the 17th century farmhouse was completely renovated to suit modern farming needs, and the arrival of consulting enologist Fabrizio Ciufoli raised the level of quality. Production has also benefited from using mostly traditional large Slavonian oak casks. This formula has infused new life to the estate, which is now managed by Cosimo’s children, Elia and Angelo.
Learn more at www.aziendapalazzo.it