Why did Giorgio choose the laborious life of splitting his time between his home in Milan and working in the vineyard in San Gimignano for over 10 years? Probably some kind of dreamer-fighter complex is at play.
Giorgio loves his family, his vineyard and his wines. To our question about going organic his answer is a matter of fact - the wines have to be good enough for my lovely family, and Giorgio is a perfectionist.
Visiting il Palagione vineyard in one winter we marvelled at the serene house that at less busy times of the year will provide bed & breakfast to visitors. Giorgio proudly took from his cave an older vintage Hydra, a supposedly entry level Vernaccia di San Gimignano with moulds on the bottles. Viola! Merely 5 years more senior that the current vintage the wine has become golden with a hint of sirupy texture, and a smoothness that is like clarified, ripe apricot juice. We have decided to save a few bottles of our stock to keep……
And then the next spring we tried the Rosato - we were stunned again by the smoothness and richness that one does not expect from Rose wines.
Sometimes it is more difficult to make stunning simple wines than more elaborate complex wines. Try and decide yourself.
Check out which of Il Palagione's wines we are carrying.