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The winery is located in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti (province of Siena) in the Italian region of Tuscany. Located on the border between Siena and Florence, the estate was originally a well-known defence tower as early as 1183 under the name "Nectar Dei" (Nectar of the Gods). In the 16th century it was owned by the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). When he painted the Sistine Chapel in 1549, he wrote to his nephew Lionardo "I prefer two barrels of wine to eight shirts". He also sent wine as a "genuine gift" to Pope Julius II (1443-1513) in Rome. In memory of this tradition, today the first bottles of "Nectar Dei" from the vineyards of Maremma are delivered to the Pope every year.

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