Dievole. A thousand years of history, A future ready to begin
Dievole is set in tranquil surroundings, nestled in the beautiful Tuscan hills, long known as a little piece of heaven on Earth.
Here the dialogue between Mankind and Nature has never been interrupted, and its very name explains why: In fact, the root of the word Dievole comes from “Dio vuole” or “God willing”.
The name Dievole officially appeared for the first time in a contract in which Rodolfino and Vinizio paid two capons, three loaves of bread, and 6 silver Lucca denari for a promise of the divine vineyard. It was on the 10th of May 1090. During those years Leif Erikson was discovering North America, the Chinese were inventing gunpowder, Bologna opened the world’s first university, the Normans were invading Rome, and Pope Urban II was conquering Jerusalem.
Eight centuries and countless generations later, another contract mentions Dievole. This time it was a wedding gift. Count Giulio Terrosi-Vagnoli gave the Estate, costing 361,632 lira, to his future wife Ildegonda Camaiori, who was to be the last noblewoman of Dievole. She is responsible for an invaluable document that has survived to this day: Dievole’s Ledger of Balances containing all the names of the peasant families at the time, and the name of the holding entrusted to them. These are names that hint at the passion of Chianti’s people for their own land. Many descendants of those families are still here. Since the 1980’s, their age-old wisdom has returned to care for Dievole’s vineyards: 16 vineyards, just like the 16 holdings into which the property was divided.
In 2012 Dievole began a smooth, gradual renewal, aimed at enhancing the deepest identity of this territory. Yesterday’s dreams become tomorrow’s goals; old certainties blend with new ideas. The respectful evolution began with listening to the earth and has a common thread running through it: quality. At Dievole, this quality comes first and foremost from excellent resources, such as the land dedicated to make wine, man’s experience in working the land, and the constant drive to innovation. Armed with these tools, the Dievole team looks to the future, seeking to protect the surroundings of this enchanted place and convey it to the world.
There are three Dievole expressions: its vineyards, forming waves on the hillsides and giving life to fresh, intense wines made from the Sangiovese grape; the olive trees dotting the landscape with their timeless charm; and the warm welcome of the historic villa – Villa Dievole – an elegant country resort where visitors can experience unforgettable moments.
A new perspective of Dievole’s history
Whether tasting our Chianti Classico 2013 is your first experience with Dievole or you are a long-term lover of the brand, one thing is certain: Dievole has been producing wine since 1090 and the company has been continuously evolving in the past few years. A look at past labels tells a story of change, but also consistency.
In 1985, an ornate, heraldic label in black and white graced our Chianti Classico. The name refers to the closest vineyard to the hamlet “Colombaio”, a heritage from the noble Family of Malavolti from Siena, former owners of Dievole property for several centuries.
The later 80s and 90s brought in a new era – the Dievole logo and a graphic label that put emphasis on the wine itself. The gold background – which, over the years has been solid, striped or mottled – represents the land itself, the terroir of this special Chianti Classico wine.
At times, the label reads “Villa Dievole” rather than just “Dievole”, putting an emphasis on the hospitality of this place, something it has always offered.
2013 marks a new era for Dievole, a Renaissance of the winery in which these themes all come together: heritage and land, hospitality and people. The Chianti Classico 2013 is the first Dievole wine to fully communicate the uniqueness of this terroir and Dievole’s respect for it. The label reflects the wine within, and the new production philosophy: elegant, fresh and complex with beautiful aromas that reflect our ancient territory.
It is the Most Classic of Chianti Classico.