WINE PRODUCER IN CORTONA: Fabrizio Dionisio
Sergio Dionisio (Fabrizio’s father) acquired “Il Castagno” (the name of the estate originates from the name of the place where it is located) in the early 1970s, a modest property of some seven hectares, located in the hills facing the town of Cortona, which possessed a vineyard and a grove of olive trees. He dreamed of sending his roots even deeper into the soil of Tuscany, of preserving that small corner of paradise by establishing a farming operation that would develop the exceptional suitability of that area for growing high-quality grapes.
After the purchase of a second parcel of land some 5 kilometres distant (in 1992), the estate reached its current size, with some 15 hectares of vineyard. It comprises two properties, both sited on Cortona’s gentle hills, in what has always been known as the “Chiuso della Valdichiana”, at elevations that average 300 metres. The vines, on gently rolling slopes, are surrounded by a classically Tuscan landscape of woods, olive trees, grain fields, sunflowers, and tobacco plants on one hand, and on the other medieval hamlets, country villas, churches, and Etruscan remains. Overall, the area resembles a high plateau set between the Val d’Orcia and the steep slopes of the Casentino and of the upper Tiber Valley. Rising up over the area from its perch on the slopes of Monte Sant’Egidio is the ancient and noble city of Cortona, which gazes out over a magical panorama that ranges from Lake Trasimeno to Mount Cetona, from Montepulciano to Mount Amiata.
At “Il Castagno” we find now the ancient mansion house, some of the vineyards, the fermentation cellar and the barrel cellar. It’s here that beats the heart of the winery, that’s why Fabrizio Dionisio named “Il Castagno” his signature wine (Syrah Cortona DOC, 100% Syrah); it was produced for the first time in 2003.
Fabrizio Dionisio, owner; Alessandra Dionisio, his wife and Sales-Marketing Manager; Federico Curtaz, consulting viticulturalist in charge of vineyard management; Attilio Pagli, consulting oenologist in charge of winemaking.
Wine tour and tasting
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend a wine tasting and guided visit of our winery.
The wine tasting will take place in an old family “villa” built in 1600 and surrounded by the magical Tuscan landscape of woods, vineyards, and olive trees – yet only 5 minutes by car from Cortona.
For the wine tasting, we offer a choice of three of our Syrah wines, accompanied by a combination of local salami, cheeses and bruschetta (slices of toasted bread with our own extra virgin olive oil).
The price for tasting is €10 per person (minimum reservation of four persons).
It is also possible to organize at “Il Castagno” the tasting of three of our Syrah wines accompanied by simple, traditional Tuscan “antipasto” dishes (local salami, ham, and cheeses), bruschetta, pasta (“pici al sugo d'oca” or “tagliatelle al ragù”), along with cake and coffee.
The price is €25 per person (minimum reservation of four persons).
Tours and wine tasting Monday through Friday (by appointment).
For further information or to make a reservation, please contact us.
Where we are
If you are driving from Cortona, you have to exit from the town and to follow the directions for Pergo and Ossaia. Some metres before you reach the village of Pergo, you have to turn to the right and following the sign to Ossaia. After a few hundred of metres at your left you will find the indication of "Il Castagno”.
Travelling along the highway "Autostrada del Sole" (A1) in either direction leave it at the toolbooth "Valdichiana". At the roundabout take the freeway SS 75bis (Siena-Perugia) in direction of Perugia, exit at Castiglione del Lago and turn to the right following the sign to Cortona. Pass the villages of Terontola and Riccio and then turn right towards Ossaia. After a few hundred of metres, at the end of descent that leads out of the village, at your right you'll find the road sign towards "Castagno". Follow this direction and after two hundred metres, at your right, you'll find the entrance of "Il Castagno" estate.