Castiglion del Bosco is a fine wine estate, as well as an elegant country resort with a rich past. In the Val d’Orcia near Siena, the property is a UNESCO World Heritage site enshrined for its Renaissance-parceled landscape that now houses 23 suites in buildings retrofitted into an original medieval village. Another 10 rustic stone farmhouses-turned-villas are strewn around hillsides, along with a cooking school—all part of the estate’s alluring experience.
After several ownership changes over the last 30 years, Massimo Ferragamo, Chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo USA, purchased the estate in 2003. Following his beginnings as a wine producer in Riparbella in the upper Maremma, Massimo sought to create his quintessential Tuscany—composed of vineyards, beautiful artistry, and nights bursting with stars. Today, Castiglion del Bosco has become all of this and beyond.
Born in Maremma, in the southwestern region of Tuscany, Cecilia Leoneschi inherited her passion for wine from her father, a lifelong winemaker. Cecilia attended university in Pisa, specializing in Viticulture and Enology, and later returned south, focusing on winemaking in Avignonesi before joining Castiglion del Bosco in 2003. Having devoted much of her career to understanding the complexities and nuances of the sangiovese grape, Cecilia continuously works to hone the vinification and ageing techniques for this particular grape variety, which is highly sensitive to climate and terrain.
According to her wine philosophy, great wines are produced by an indissoluble union between passion for viticulture and an in-depth understanding of agriculture. Cecilia also believes that organic viticulture and winemaking are key to creating wines of great quality that are authentic to and harmonious with a specific location. Cecilia’s philosophy and expertise continuously shape the Tuscan wine experience at Castiglion del Bosco, most notably with the achievement of organic certification in 2016.