Like Sister Moon, this wine is also a Super Tuscan (IGT Toscana) from Sting's Tenuta Il Palagio estate, composed of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and a small quantity of Merlot. It is an intense wine for savouring.
Casino delle Vie is named after a property on the estate. Literally it means ‘little house by the roads’, but a more colloquial interpretation might be ‘the muddle of ways’, inviting philosophical musings on the paths we take in life ... after a few glasses of wine of course!
90 Points - James Suckling, 'A fresh and stylish red with green leaves and spices with juicy fruit. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a crisp finish. Touch of cream.' JamesSuckling.com November 2016 (2013 vintage)
Recommended by Jane MacQuitty in The Times Magazine, 'Sting's organic, sensual, sangiovese-based red, enhanced with cabernets and a dab of merlot, oozes bold, silky, violet-scented charm.' June 2017 (2014 vintage)
Tenuta Il Palagio
Il Palagio is the 350 hectare Tuscan estate owned by musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Much of the land is given over to forest, incorporating some beautiful lakes. There is also a 2 hectare kitchen garden and several bee hives. The estate has always been farmed, ever since its early days in the 16th Century. When Sting and Trudie first came across the estate in 1999, it had by then fallen into a state of disrepair. They set about the task of lovingly restoring the house, the outbuildings and the land to their former glory. Sting has assembled a dream team to maximise the natural qualities of his estate, with consultant Alan York giving viticultural advice (the entire estate is run biodynamically), Paolo Caciorgna overseeing the winemaking and terroir with Paolo Rossi, as estate manager, looking after the land and its plants.
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 biodynamic farming methods, they have replanted 11 hectares of vineyards since 2000. Resulting in a number of fine Tuscan red wines including Casino delle Vie, Sister Moon and When We Dance. Grape varieties cultivated here include the classic Tuscan red grapes Sangiovese, Canaiolo & Colorino as well as the more internationally renowned Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. The wines are matured in either stainless steel tanks or in new French barriques.