Join music icon Sting and his wife Trudie for a tasting of their Il Palagio wines. From the mid-1500s Il Palagio has harvested, fermented and bottled its own wines in the lush, fertile Tuscan countryside south of Florence. Sting and Trudie have gone to great lengths to keep the tradition alive. Using organic farming methods, they have replanted 27 acres of vineyards since 2000, resulting in four beautiful reds. Wine.com host Gwendolyn Osborn moderates the conversation between Sting and Trudie as they taste their Roxanne Toscana Bianco, When We Dance Chianti, and Sister Moon Tuscan Blend.
- Trudie Styler
- Hosted by: Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Educator, Wine.com
Tasting Set Includes:
- Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Bianco
Straw yellow with greenish reflections. Delicate profile, floral with notes of citrus, a hint of pineapple and banana. Fresh taste, pleasantly acidic with a long finish. This light, refreshing Bianco Toscana is a versatile and very drinkable wine to complement many dishes and to capture the heart. Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany fish and vegetables.
- Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti
Aromas of ripe black cherries, sandalwood, cedar and strawberry compote. Texturally even and balanced bright acidity, juicy fruits and a joyful, lingering sense of the vineyards at Il Palagio. Perfect accompaniment to pasta, fish and traditional Tuscan recipes.
- Il Palagio Sister Moon
Aromas of black pepper and black licorice with blackberries. Medium to full-bodied, with soft and round tannins and a polished tannic finish. Fruit-forward and elegant and with a hint of chocolate. Pairs well with steak, pasta dishes, Château Briand, or on its own with a bit of cheese.
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Villa Il Palagio estate lies amid the rolling hills of the lush, fertile Tuscan countryside south of Florence. The private home of Sting and his wife Trudie Styler and the favorite retreat for their friends and growing family, this truly remarkable sixteenth-century estate nestles among the vineyards of the Chianti region. Il Palagio is set above the picturesque Tuscan town of Figline Valdarno. It has been the summer home for Sting and Trudie’s family for the last two decades, and the setting for many of their intimate parties, private concerts and anniversaries. The estate — the villa, its guesthouses, vineyards and olive groves — has been lovingly restored by Sting and Trudie, and is now a vibrant and fully functioning organic farm and vineyard.
From the mid-1500s Il Palagio has harvested, fermented and bottled its own wines. Sting and Trudie have gone to great lengths to keep the tradition alive. Using organic farming methods, they have replanted 27 acres of vineyards since 2000, resulting in four beautiful reds: Roxanne, Casino delle Vie, Sister Moon and When We Dance.
From its very beginning, in the 1500’s, Il Palagio has been an agricultural property. In the late 1700s the Martelli family purchased the estate, 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. Il Palagio, in the family’s hands for 178 years, produced wine, oil, wheat, corn, sugar beets, peaches, apricots and cherries.
In 1990, Trudie Styler began what would become a seven-year search for an Italian retreat. In 1997 she found Il Palagio. With stewardship of the historic Il Palagio passed to Trudie and Sting, there followed a decade of restoration and expansion; hundreds of acres that had been sold off by the Duke were reacquired, doubling the size of the estate which now comprises 865 acres, much of it given over to forest. The buildings on the property— some of which date back to the 16th century—were restored and modernized.
Trudie and Sting have a well-documented commitment to philanthropic efforts. In 1989 they founded the Rainforest Foundation which has raised more than $40 million to support indigenous rainforest peoples and help them protect their ancestral lands. As a UNICEF ambassador, Trudie has raised $10 million for their efforts. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Il Palagio products is earmarked to benefit charities.