Podere La Villa is situated in a gorgeous Tuscan valley where the sometimes lush, sometimes rugged landscape alternately recalls renaissance paintings by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci or Benozzo Gozzoli. Despite the quiet, rural feel, we are very strategically located, just 18 km from Florence.
The estate has a total of 10 hectares (25 acres), which include vineyards, olive groves, woods and a small lake. The 7 hectares (17 acres) of vineyards are in the Chianti Classico wine region and comprise Sangiovese grapes (80%) and Merlot grapes (20%). We have adopted sustainable farming techniques, although we are not yet certified as organic farmers. Our goal is to respect and preserve the surrounding environment as much as possible. All our grapes are hand-picked and produced in limited quantities to obtain the best quality.
We make our own wine from the 2 hectares (5 acres) of vineyards alongside the Villa, as these grapes receive the most sunlight. We sell the remaining grapes to other Tuscan wine estates.
The vineyard is regularly pruned to maintain a low yield per plant and is given only a few protective treatments. We use only very small amounts of approved chemicals and only when strictly necessary. At the moment we do not have our own vinification facility on the property. Therefore, vinification takes place in a well-known nearby wine estate belonging to some dear friends who carefully age the wine for us in concrete vats and small French oak barrels for about 18 months.