Badia a Contibuono is situated in the Chianti territory nearby the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti. The area, in the eastern edge of the Chianti Classico region, is considered the further mountainous subdivision of the Chianti territory, running from Arezzo to Sienna along the basin of the Arno River. Nevertheless its beauty and its historical interest, as well as its outstanding production of wine and extra virgin olive oil, it keeps on being almost unheard to a greater part of tourists. The area, abounding in medieval castles, monasteries and abbeys, hosts an amazing nature with thick woods and breezy highlands.
Badia a Contibuono is an imposing monastery founded in the second half of the 11th century by the Vallombrosan monastic order, observant of the Benedictine rule. The Vallombrosian were gradually enlarging their countryside domain and a huge part of it was given to the vineyards growing and the subsequently wine production. In the 15th century the Abbey, under the support of Lorenzo the Magnificent, went to a great extent reaching 800 ha circa of countryside.
In 1810 when Tuscany was under the dominion of the French First Empire, the Monastery owing to the secularization became a private property. It was sold to Guido Giuntini whose descendants keep on managing the property at present.
The main wines made in Badia di Coltibuono (the present name of the wine chateau) are:
- “Coltibuono Cancelli Rosso Toscana”
- “Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti”
- “Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS”
- “Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico”
- “Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva”
- “Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto”
- “Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo”
The “Coltibuono” ones come from bought-in grapes in the Tuscan Region or in the Chianti territory. The “Badia a Coltibuono” ones come from the estate-grown grapes (50 ha circa of vineyards).
Where to eat:
- “Badia a Coltibuono”: is the elegant restaurant of the former Abbey. It offers a refined traditional Tuscan cuisine made with their home-grown ingredients or with the best local ones. Guests can also taste its high-status wines. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace garden for meals in season. A full meal is about 20-25 euros (wine is not included).
Main Towns of Chianti
Badia a Passignano,
Barberino val d' Elsa,
Castellina in Chianti,
Castello di Brolio,
Castello di Gabbiano,
Castello di Meleto,
Colle Val D' Elsa,
Greve in Chianti,
Mercatale Val di Pesa,
Panzano in Chianti,
Radda in Chianti,
Tavernelle Val di Pesa,
Badia a Coltibuono.
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