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The makings of a green cellar

by Jenny Cuddihy on November 7, 2012

Recycled tiles for the new cellarWhen designing our new cellar, which experienced its first harvest this fall with the 2012 vintage, architect Marco Pignattai needed to take many things into consideration. First and foremost, of course, was how he could create the ideal environment to ferment, age and store our wine.  After that, he truly embraced Il Palazzone’s philosophy of agricoltura […]

La Cantina Nuova is here

by Jenny Cuddihy on October 19, 2012

La cantina nuovaAfter nearly two years of paperwork, digging, designing and constructing, this Saturday, October 20 will mark the inauguration of our new cellar.  Designed by local architect Marco Pignattai, the 5,500 square foot (500 square meter) cellar is reminiscent of a church amongst the vineyards, and combines contemporary architecture, cultural tradition and environmental sustainability. The style […]

The new cellar takes shape

by Laura Gray on August 8, 2012

The door to the cantina d'invecchiamentoWe procured this 18th century cherry-wood door before the foundations went down for the new cellar. Those nuns knew a thing about security and were certainly concerned about entrance and egress from their convent. I have yet to master the art of opening the wicket gate with the enormous wrought iron keys that fit in […]

And they’re in…. Ave Bacchus!

by Laura Gray on June 15, 2012

Prone men in barrel-worshipping position

The Time Capsule

by Laura Gray on February 16, 2012

The Time Capsule and its contentsIn the next week or so we will be cementing our time capsule into the foundations of the new cellar to confuse, perplex and ultimately disappoint some far-off generation of alien archaeologists.   What will they make of our peculiar offerings? A bottle of Il Palazzone Brunello 2000; the first vintage picked and produce The head builder’s […]

Ahead of our times…

by Laura Gray on October 6, 2011

We read in our local paper just the other day that architects are creating “wine cathedrals” for storing and aging wine. Our new cellar, designed by Marco Pignattai, should be finished and ready for use at the end of January 2012.

New cellar, old door

by Laura Gray on June 10, 2011

Portone del 700Last week Marco and our architect, Marco Pignattai, undertook a long drive to the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, a town bizarrely famous for being the home to Italy’s worst drivers. They went to inspect a door for our new cellar. It’s an early 18th century portone from a Piemontese convent, made of solid dark cherry […]