Villa di Bagnolo IGT

The story of what may well be Tuscany’s oldest Pinot Noir vines began in 1975 at Villa di Bagnolo, a Renaissance estate, west of Florence. Its owner at the time, Marquis Vittorio Pancrazi, planted 3,300 Sangiovese vines on the property. Vittorio Pancrazi decided to make a single-vineyard wine, putting his Bordeaux-educated friend, Niccolò D’Afflitto, in charge of the experiment. After over a year in Allier barrique and another in bottle, the experiment not only succeeded, it exceeded all expectations. An ideal microclimate for Pinot Noir, the vineyard enjoys southern exposure and is located 490 meters (1,607 feet) above sea level. The clay, schist and serpentine soil, particularly rich in iron, enhances Pinot Noir’s finesse. Water is abundant, even in the driest summers, as it trickles down the slopes of the Apennines into the foothills where the winery is located, replenishing water reserves. And if they need water, the winery uses a gravitational system of irrigation, with well water from the hillside above the property, Monte Ferrato. Cool, nighttime breezes prevent the grapes from ripening quickly, allowing them to gently and gradually mature. Giuseppe Pancrazi has now taken the place of his uncle while Niccolò D’Afflitto continues to style the wines. Paolo Mocali is their agronomist.

The unique terroir of Villa di Bagnolo enhances this noble yet difficult variety’s distinctive harmony. The cool, south-facing and well-ventilated vineyards benefit from excellent day/night temperature swings and moderate altitudes, which favor slow and even grape maturation. As Monte Ferrato is an extinct volcano, the origins of the soil are volcanic and particularly rich in iron, which is instrumental in giving Pinot Noir its complexity. This particular soil composition is also conducive to the well-balanced flavors and components that characterize Pinot Noir.

Wine exported to

Bermuda, USA, Japan, Canada, Austria

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Wine Enthusiast95
  • 2018 | James Suckling92
Grape Varieties:

100% Pinot Noir

Fermentation container:

Oak Barrels

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

15 days

Type of yeast:


Fermentation temperature:

22-25 °C (71.6--77 °F)

Maceration technique:


Length of maceration:

15 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:


Container size:

lt 225

Container age:

1st and 2nd use

Type of oak:


Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

18 months

Aging in bottle:

2 years


Natural Cork

Vineyard name:

Villa di Bagnolo

Vineyard location:

From the Villa di Bagnolo vineyards below the Monte Ferrato Mountain

Vineyard size:

2 hectares (5 acres)

Soil composition:

Shale and clay

Vine training:



0-150 meters (0-492 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,620 vines per acre


1 kg per vine



Years planted:

1989 -1997 - 2001

Age of vines:

Max 30 years

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):


Tasting notes:

A wine with a ruby ​​red color and intense and persistent aromas, including hints of red fruits of the undergrowth, such as blackberries and strawberries, balsamic notes of mint and nuances of tea. In the mouth it is soft, intense, with dense but round tannins. The fruity and balsamic notes come back, with spicy nuances, and the finish is long, and persistent

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Great with pasta and risotto as well as meat.

Aging potential:

15-20 years


Alc. cont. 13.5% by vol.


Niccolò D’Afflitto