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Badia a Coltibuono – dreamy abbey wine and oil estate

  • Badia a Coltibuono – dreamy abbey wine and oil estate

    Set just north of Gaiole and Radda, this former Benedictine abbey surveys gorgeous estate vineyards. Much like Antinori’s Badia a Passignano, which is closer to Greve, Badia a Coltibuono is linked to a medieval monastic foundation. It was the monks who established viticulture here, little knowing that their estates would still be flourishing so many centuries later.

    The tranquil oil and wine estate commands landscape that has been cultivated since time immemorial. In Tuscany it is hard to separate the wine and oil from the scenery. The aptly named Badia a Coltibuono (Ab¬bey of the Good Harvest) is framed by vineyards, olive groves, chestnut and oak woods. Founded in 1051, the medieval abbey belonged to reformist Vallambrosan monks who established viticulture here. Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1810, this medieval abbey has belonged to one family. The forward-looking Stucchi Prinetti family started off as Florentine bankers before pioneering the commercialisation of quality Chianti here. The family remains committed to sustainable farming.

    The beguiling 15th-century clois¬ters, chapel and frescoed ceilings can be viewed as a guest of the Tuscan cookery school, while the 12th-cen¬tu¬ry walls and bell-tower are open to all. You can also book a tour of the original monastic cellars and frescoed villa, followed by a wine-tasting. Below the former abbey are cellars filled with Chianti Classico, the abbey’s traditional living. No less famous are the aromatic ¬chestnut honey and olive oil, the delicious Extravergine Badia a Coltibuono. Much of the produce can be bought on the premises or savoured in Ristorante Chianti, the recommended  abbey restaurant, which occupies the former stables. You can also do a cookery course run by Benedetta Vitali, founder of the noted Florentine restaurant Cibreo. within the former Romanesque abbey.

    Address: Localita Badia a Coltibuono
    Gaiole in Chianti
    Tel: 0577 746110

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