In Italian, Castiglion del Bosco refers to Castle in the Woods and here it really takes on an Xanadu-like splendor. This historic estate —the grounds of which are graced by a 13th-century castle—offers the opportunity to become “immerse[d] in the world of a Tuscan winemaker.” This world, truly an entity unto itself, comprises a six- star hotel (offering a full suite of spa services, championship golf course, and culinary academy), 16th- and 17th-century villas, and, of particular relevance herein, a winery.
While it would seem that wine is merely one element among a vast provision of luxuries, Castiglion del Bosco actually possesses a distinguished history with the grape, possessing a winemaking tradition dating back to the 1800s. Commercial production, however, is a relatively recent affair, commencing only in the mid-20th century, when a German company purchased the estate, expanding production and creating an international presence for the wines.
Fifty-five of the majestic estate’s 1,750 hectares are dedicated to the cultivation of Sangiovese Grosso. Appropriately enough for an estate catering to the luxury market, Castiglion del Bosco is presently run as a joint venture between fashion mogul Massimo Ferragamo and JC Partners International, LLC.