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Mangiacane

The winery "Villa Mangiacane" is located in the municipality of San Casciano in Val di Pesa in the Chianti-Classico region in the Italian region Tuscany, The name comes from Latin and means "big dog". Two large dog sculptures at the entrance portal are still the trademark today. The villa was built in the 15th century by Cardinal Francesco Maria Machiavelli. As an architect Michelangelo (1475-1564) was instrumental in the preparation of the blueprints. For a while the villa was the principal residence of the famous philosopher and politician Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). In 1645, the villa was sold to the noble family Mazzei, who used the villa as a summer residence and as a farm for the production of wine and olive oil. Among the later owners, the villa almost completely neglected.

In 2000, the estate was transferred to new ownership. The villa has been completely renovated and converted into a luxury hotel, replanting the vineyards and building a new winery. The total holdings cover 306 hectares, but are mostly used for olive cultivation as administrator functions Pavlos Chimonides, as managing director Graziano Santoro, as butler Valerio Versari and as oenologist Marco Chellini. The vineyards cover 43 hectares of vineyards between San Casciano Val di Pesa and Greve in Chianti at 250 to 300 meters above sea level. They are the red varieties Sangiovese (85%), Canaiolo Nero, Colorino del Valdarno and Merlot, as well as with the white varieties, Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia del Chianti (M. Bianca Lunga) planted. The wines are fermented in steel tanks and matured depending on the type of wine in French oak barrels and Slavonian 3.5 hectoliters. The product range includes different wines DOCG Chianti Classico as well as IGT Toscana. Every year around 50,000 bottles of wine are produced - 95% are exported. The winery is in the Consorzio Chianti Classico.

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