Villa Papiano and the village of Modigliana  are synonymous  with  viticulture in the Apennine hills : high altitudes, less fertile soil and vineyards  planted adjacent to forested areas - these are the severe but yet ideal characteristics which  best describe our winery.

The history of Villa Papiano began in  the  15th century when under Papiano, a Lieutenant  of the Medici family, this territory became an important seat of power from which the whole area could be controlled and agriculture could be diffused.

Our  Villa Papiano Winery project started back in 2001 when we rebuilt the terraces of the old  vines planted in the 1960’s to ensure the continuing evolution of our concept of wine as a traditional expression of this environment:  wines  which speak of flowers and undergrowth, subtle, vertical , with a slight salinity, wines which age well.


The vineyards are located  on the edge of the south facing slope of Mount Chioda between  450 and 539m above sea level,  facing the Ibola stream which marks the beginning of the less developed and closed valley of Modigliana.  We cultivate Sangiovese and Albana grapes. In some of our older vineyards we grow Sangiovese grapes together with other ancient grape varieties such as Centesimino, Negretto and Balsamina.  The vines are grown using the alberello and also the low espalier method to take maximum advantage of the heat from the ground.

The  winery is in an unspoilt  natural landscape,  situated close to the beautiful  Casentinese Forest National Park  where no  hunting is permitted and the environment  is preserved in its wild and natural state wherever possible.

We strongly believe in organic  and sustainable agricultural methods,  working  in together with Mother Nature:  we feed our plants only with light, love, compost and ploughing  between the vine rows seasonally,  also known as  ‘green manure’.