Badia a Coltibuono GAIOLE IN CHIANTI (SI) Badia a Coltibuono
Badia a Coltibuono is the first wine resort in Chianti, opening it's doors to travellers and visitors who want to share a truly unique experience.
Badia a Coltibuono
Badia a Coltibuono is about one thousand years old but its prehistory takes us back to Estrucan times and beyond. As we know it today, Badia a Coltibuono (which means Abbey of the Good Harvest), dates from the middle of the eleventh century. In 1051 the monks of the Vallombrosan Order, a Tuscan reform of the Benedictines, founded the Abbey and also began planting the first vineyards in the Upper Chianti area. In 1810, when Tuscany was under Napoleonic rule, the monks were forced to leave Coltibuono and the monastery was secularized.
The estate was first sold by lottery and then in 1846, Coltibuono was bought by Guido Giuntini, a Florentine banker and great grandfather of Piero Stucchi-Prinetti, the present owner. Under the guidance of Piero Stucchi Prinetti, the estate grew and built a solid reputation in Italy and abroad through the high quality of its products. Nowadays, his son Roberto Stucchi Prinetti, the oenologist of Coltibuono, manages the Abbey.
The winery was constructed three years ago at the center of the fifty hectares (123.5 acres) of Coltibuono's vineyards situated in Monti in Chianti. The new winery was constructed to be not only technologically advanced but also to have a sound environmental impact. This is an obvious confirmation of the dedication of the owners to the culture of Chianti Classico and Coltibuono's centuries-old presence in the zone.
If you wish to visit Badia a Coltibuono, with its clois- ters, the ancient historical ageing cellars and the for-mal renaissance garden, guided tours are held Mon-days to Fridays from May to October every 45 min-utes from 2:00 pm until 4:15 pm (excluding August and bank holidays).
The restaurant is surronded by a beautiful, romantic garden.
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