- Canaiolo Nero
The Villa Il Palagio perches elegantly at the top of a long steep drive, overlooking the distant Tuscan hills and the undulating countryside which has always had profound agricultural significance. The nearby medieval town of Figline Valdarno was known as the “barn of Florence” for its abundant corn supplies. The estate extends to some 350 hectares, much of the land given over to forest, incorporating some beautiful lakes.
Il Palagio has always been farmed. In the late 1700s the Martelli family purchased the property and as their wealth grew, so did the estate. In 1819 they sold to the Countess Carlotta Barbolani of Montauto, the widow of the Duke of San Clemente and it remained in this family’s hands for some 150 years. At the beginning of the twentieth century Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente commissioned several new buildings including a grain store, oil mill and wine production area. When Sting and Trudie first came across the estate in 1999, it had by then fallen into a state of disrepair. They set about the task of lovingly restoring the house, the outbuildings and the land to their former glory. The vineyards are based in the area of Figline Valdarno in the Firenze district, are guyot-trained, and have soils that are rich in sand and magnesium.
'When We Dance' is a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino, and is fermented and raised entirely in stainless steel. This wine is named after a Sting song When We Dance.
"From the Tuscan estate owned by Sting, this wine has ripe, dark cherry fruits and a good mellow length." Wine of the Week, John Wilson, The Irish Times 26 April 2013