Villa Pillo is a traditional Tuscan Farm, founded in Medieval Times, mentioned in many historical documents. It is located in the heart of the Chianti area, equidistant from the Cities of Pisa, Florence and Siena. From Etruscan times an area through which Trade and Pilgrim routes were established and which formed the " Via Francigena". The nearby towns of San Gimignano , Volterra and Certaldo being of importance in the production of Silk, Saffron, Alabaster, Terracotta and Glass.
The estate of 500 Hectares was purchased in 1989 by John and Kathe Dyson, whose love of Tuscany led them to embark on a restoration of the Estate which included the Palladian Villa and Park built by the original owner, the Marchese Incontri in the 1700's. New Vineyards and Olive Orchards were planted and the Winery re-furbished and modernized.Currently 40 Hectares of Vineyards have been planted, positioned on the best sites of the estate to benefit from soil types and aspect.
Newly available grape variety clones and rootstocks have been selected to maximize potential quality. Vineyard vine densities / Hectare combined with specific trellising are designed for low yields of high quality grapes. Because of a strong focus on quality in both the vineyard and winery, Villa Pillo is fast becoming a point of reference in the Tuscan wine world.
Based on the varieties planted throughout the Villa Pillo Estate, our focus is on our three " flagship " wines whose individual characters follow the main variety in each wine blend. The three varieties are Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and the new Sangiovese. In each vintage careful selection of grapes from across our 12 main vineyard sites, followed by specific winemaking techniques maintains the full potential of the harvest and also results in certain wines with outstanding personality. These wines of limited quantity are selected for the Villa Pillo varietal wines. A forth wine " Borgoforte " is a blend of the estates various grape varieties, with an emphasis on the classical Tuscany varieties ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese) however carrying its own distinct expression of estate origin, and the new funny label Cingalino a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
We also produce Vin Santo, the traditional Tuscan dessert wine made from the white grape varieties of Trebbiano and Malvasia and Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the estates 21 Hectares of Olive Orchards.