WINE TASTING SAN GIMIGNANO
Agriturismo Niccolai is part of Azienda agricola Palagetto, a typical Tuscan concern which consists of a group of farmhouses, originally farmers’ adobes, surrounded by cultivated hills where in ancient times they produced everything the family may need: wheat for bread, oil for seasoning, and wine, which was kept in typical flasks and drunk in feast days only. Today Azienda agricola Palagetto, an important local concern with 70hectares of land shared among vineyards (40hectares), olive groves (20hectares), sown fields, and woodland. The modern estate facilities include: the cellar, the tasting room, and the estate mill. The Estate Palagetto also owns a small farm in Montalcino, where they produced an excellent Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and an inviting Rosso di Montalcino DOC.
Vineyards and Olive groves
The vineyards, that have been recently replanted, mainly consists of autochthonous vines that produce important local wines such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Sangiovese, Colorino, Malvasia, Trebbiano, and Vermentino. In the estate there are small plots of vineyards with different types of vines, such as Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, whose grapes are skilfully blended to obtain the excellent wines of the Azienda Agricola Palagetto, known and appreciated all over the world. The olive groves, all planted in a hilly position, are shared among the typical local varieties: frantoiano, leccino, moraiolo and pendolino. In the estate there are seven thousand olive trees and the whole oil production is obtained in the estate mill.
Vine cellar & Wine tasting
The modern and efficient wine cellar was built in 2003. It is divided in two different areas for white wine and for red wine making, and boasts a fascinating barrels and barriques stockroom, a bottling room, and a storage for refinement in bottle. Next to the cellar there is a lovely and professional tasting room, and direct sale of the estate products.
Azienda Agricola Palagetto has its own estate mill. This is quite unusual in Tuscany, where mills are often independent concerns. At Palagetto, from late October to December, visitors can attend the oil making process and the magic moment when olives are pressed according to traditional methods and to strict quality standards to obtain an excellent extra-virgin olive oil.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (vintage wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano)
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG “Santa Chiara” (Vernaccia grapes coming from a selected vineyard)
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva (fermented and refined in small oak barrels)
“I’Niccolò” Vino bianco di Toscana IGP (a blending of Vermentino, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc white grapes fermented and refined in barriques)
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG (vintage wine Sangiovese, Colorino and Merlot)
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG Riserva (Sangiovese and Merlot refined in small oak barrels)
“Sottobosco” San Gimignano Rosso DOC (Sangiovese, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, refined in French oak barriques. Perfect for long aging)
“Uno di quattro Syrah” San Gimnano DOC Syrah (Syrah refined in oak barriques, perfect after two years of aging)
“Uno di quattro Sangiovese” San Gimignano DOC Sangiovese (Sangiovese, refined in oak barriques, perfect after at least 3 years of ageing)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (Sangiovese grosso, refined in oak barrels and barriques per for at least 3 years and at least one year in bottle)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva (Sangiovese grosso)
Rosso di Montalcino DOC (Sangiovese grosso, refined in barriques , to be drunk after at least 3 years)
Montecucco Rosso DOC (Sangiovese e Merlot)
VIN SANTO AND GRAPPA
Vin Santo di San Gimignano DOC (obtained from Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes dried on traditional straw mats, fermented and aged in typical small oak or chestnut barrels called “caratelli”)
Grappa di Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva (clean, elegant bouquet and taste)
Grappa di Chianti Riserva (aged in precious small oak barrels)
EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
The extra-virgin olive oil “Palagetto” is obtained with locally produced olives, pressed at low temperature in the estate mill the same day they are collected. Available in bottles (0.375lt, 0.500lt, 0.750lt, and 1lt), and stainless still cans (5lt).