Badia a Coltibuono was once an monastery where a thousand years ago the monks began planting vines.
They continued producing some of the best Tuscan wines for the next seven hundred plus years – until Napoleon came along, saw the vineyards, liked the wine and the monks were forced to leave.
Once Napolean had left the estate was bought by the Stucchi-Prinetti family in 1846 and they still own it today.
One of the problems with Tuscan wine is that many associate the wines of Tuscany with the cheap Chianti so often sold abroad.
The Chianti, called Chianti Classico produced by Badia a Coltibuono is a million miles away from that.
Listen to Emmanuela, from the Strucchi – Prinetti family explaining the differences and history behind the two Chianti names.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to visit Tuscany yourself, a place everybody should see at once in a lifetime, then Badia a Coltibuono is a very good place to start your visit. This is the most welcoming estate that I have ever encountered in Italy.
Spending time in a thousand year old monastery, surrounded by magnificent gardens, forests and vineyards and set in the heart of Tuscany has to be one of the best ways to pass your days. Try it... you'll not want to leave!
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