History

History 2017-12-05T17:29:41+00:00

The history of Relais Vignale, which was originally a farm, goes hand in hand with the history of the Chianti Classico wine.

The first historical records date back to the 1700’s, among the documents of Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine there is a mention that, Falconi, the owners of that time: “…trade and send wine to England…”. Later the Pianigiani family took over from the Falconi and they greatly enhanced the wine production. In August 1924 at the Vignale Vineyard, the Chianti notary Pianegiani Baldassarre, drew up the article of incorporation for the “Gallo Nero” Consortium, to protect and promote the local wine “Chianti Classico“. Testament to this continuity are the documents conserved within the Vigniale archives where the Centre for Chianti Historical studies has its registered office and which is also the historic location for the Chianti Classico wine consortium. Cappella dei Santi Martiri Fabiano e Sebastiano and of the Beatissima Vergine del Latte. The chapel was incorporated within the original horizontal structure of the manor house.

During the pastoral visit of 1784, it was mentioned as the “oratory of Santa Maria of the signori Falconi of Radda”, and was included within the parish of San Niccolò of Radda in Chianti. A document of 1832 shows that this chapel was also dedicated to the “Beatissima Vergine del Latte”. Other citations are found in the XIX century records of “Casa Pianigiani”. From the exterior, the chapel is identifiable by a portal, side frames supporting an architrave and two rectangular windows profiled in stone on either side of the entrance, characteristic of the era in which the house was built. Above the portal San Bernardino’s monogram is to be seen, topped by a small niche enclosing a small plate decorated with a terracotta relief. The interior consists of a single rectangular room with a plastered cross vaulted ceiling. There is an access from the main building to the chapel, on the right-hand wall towards the back. On the end wall are the altar and a gilded tabernacle that houses a relief depicting the Madonna breastfeeding her child.