Il Palagio dates back to the mid-1500s, and from its very beginnings, it was an agricultural property. In the late 1700s, the Martelli family purchased the property, which grew in size with their prosperity. In 1819 it was sold to the Countess Carlotta Barbolani of Montauto, widow of the Duke of San Clemente, and remained in the family’s hands for more than 150 years, producing wine, oil, wheat, corn, sugar beets, peaches, apricots, and cherries. Since finding the estate 14 years ago, Sting and Trudie have taken great pains to restore the villa, outbuildings, olive groves and vineyards to their former glory, always respecting the history and architecture of the buildings and following organic and biodynamic principles of farming. The resulting beauty and atmosphere of Il Palagio leave their guests restored and transformed. Having successfully produced very fine olive oil and honey for a number of years, Il Palagio is now enjoying similar success with its wine. The Super Tuscans Sister Moon, and Casino delle Vie, as well as the Chianti When We Dance, have been highly praised by wine lovers and critics, and the future of the vineyards is proving to be very exciting.