The History

Basilica Cafaggio

The History

The origins of the Cafaggio estate go back to a remote past, in medieval times, while the first document that attests to the presence of Cafaggio dates back to 1408, as it results from a precious parchment preserved in the estate’s archives. At that time, the estate was called “Cahago”, which means enclosed, cultivated field.

Records indicate that at the end of the fifteenth century, the estate was owned by the Benedictine monks of Siena, before passing into the hands of various owners, among which the famous Florentine family, the Niccolini.

Before the end of the modern age, the estate was sold to the Florentine Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, and records show that even then the farm produced a great variety of food products, including wine and oil. In the nineteenth century, Cafaggio became property of the Boddi family.

At the end of the sixties, the property was purchased by the Farkas family. Originally a country house, in 1967 the property was in such a state of neglect that the Farkas decided not only to renovate the cellars but also to replant the vineyards and olive groves.

Villa Cafaggio

Villa Cafaggio brand, with its four labels, represents the historical line of the production, and it has been proposed on the market since 1967.

Chianti Classico

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

The Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico has a very intense ruby red colour. It has an intense fruity aroma with spicy notes and a full concentrated palate, with a very pleasant finish.

The grapes are destemmed and delicately crushed to minimize damage to the skin. Alchoholic fermentation takes place in steel vats at controlled temperatures. During fermentation the wine is frequently pumped over to optimize extraction of colour and polyphenols.

Chianti Classico

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

The Chianti Classico Riserva has an intense ruby red colour. The bouquet is dominated by mature fruity notes, reminiscent of black bilberries. It has full, concentrated and intese flavour. On the palate there is a very pleasant flavour of mature cherries, which lingers for a long time, with sweet tanninis that blend in perfectly with the structure of the wine.

The grapes are destemmed and delicately crushed to minimize damage to the skin, optimizing extraction of the colour and the soft tanninis. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in steel vats at controlled temperatures.

San Martino

IGT Toscana

Villa Cafaggio’s San Martino is of an intense garnet colour and has a bouquet with notes of mulberries and raspberries. Full on the palate, there are notes of black bilberries, with a complex roasted flavour and very soft tannins. The finish is very lingering and intense.

The grapes used in the production of this Super Tuscan are destemmed and delicately crushed to minimize damage to the skin. Maximum extraction of colour and tannin is very important and fermentation is encouraged through the addition of selected yeasts. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures.

Malolactic fermentation takes place exclusively in barriques, helping to define the wine’s structure and balance.


Cafaggio used to produce also a Cortaccio, a wine of extraordinary quality with a garnet colour, an intense aroma reminiscent of blackcurrants and a perfectly blended roasted character.

The Terroir

Soil peculiarities

Basilica Cafaggio is located in the heart of the geographic area of Chianti, the hilly area between Florence and Siena and already established in 1716 by Cosimo III de’ Medici as the production area of Chianti wine, today called Chianti Classico, certified as DOCG and protected by the namesake Consortium of protection. The area of Panzano in Chianti, where Cafaggio estate is located, also overlooks what is recognized as one of the best Chianti Classico production areas, the Conca d’Oro.

The composition of Conca d’Oro’s soil is a mix of marl and clay, a unique and particular characteristic which determines the conditions that characterize the grapes cultivated in this area. Clay makes the soil compact and at the same time friable, helping to retain water in depth. It therefore guarantees a water reserve that vine roots can go in search of, in an area lacking watercourses and with dry and hot summers.
The marl is a sedimentary rock and is also very friable both to shocks and to atmospheric events.
Its fragmentation helps to enrich the soil with mineral salts, and the dust derived from the erosion of the marl forms sandy layers that keep the soil draining and warm around the roots.

Discover more about Villa Cafaggio

Basilica Cafaggio Sarl

Via San Martino, 5 – Panzano in Chianti
50022 Greve in Chianti (FI) Italy
P. +39 055 8549094 | F. +39 055 8549096


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