Fattoria della Aiola, just like its wines, is a fascinating mixture of new and old, innovation and timeless traditions.
Over 650 years ago the mighty walls of Aiola fortress owned by the noble Bellanti family, protected the road to Siena. The imposing stronghold, surrounded then, as it is now, with vineyards and forests, fell under a ferocious attack of the Florentine troops only in 1554.
Losing its military importance, Aiola remained an important agricultural estate. In 1950’s Giovanni Malagodi, a prominent politician and an innovative thinker, made Aiola Chianti Classico and other wines famous. Well ahead of his times “il Senatore” - as he was called by friends and colleagues – experimented with international grapes, blending them with Sangiovese and creating what would later be known as “Supertuscan” wines: the delightfully gastronomical Logaiolo, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, and the powerful Rosso del Senatore – “the Red Wine of the Senator”.
In 2012, Fattoria della Aiola was purchased by an international investor interested in preserving its traditions and taking the winery to a new quality level. The new owners invested into modernizing production and replanting and reorganizing vineyards. The first harvest from the new vineyards was collected in 2017, signifying an important stage in the winery development. New products are added to the portfolio, while Aiola iconic Chianti Classico wines are gaining new levels of recognition for their elegance and expression of terroir.
Currently the estate produces about 120,000 bottles of wine per year, with Chianti Classico being the most important label.
The wines are consistently awarded high ratings by prominent critics, a proof of excellent work for the estate wine maker, Paolo Salvi, and the Aiola team.