Italy: Tuscany

Between San Gimignano and Siena

Chianti Classico, San Gimignano and some Super Tuscans
By Michèle Shah

This Guide was last updated on 30 March 2010
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Fattoria Le Corti

Address: Principe Corsini, Via San Piero di Sotto 1, 50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI)
Tel: 055 82 93 01  Fax: 055 829 00 89
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:39:15N (43.65422)    Longitude: 11:11:08E (11.18554) 

Villa Le Corti has been the residence of the Corsini family since 1427 and is one of Tuscany's finest examples of stately Renaissance architecture, marked by a sober, asymmetric, rectangular-shaped building dominated by two towers. It is in a splendid setting and Le Corti’s Italianate garden and extensive park provide a delightful sense of spaciousness. From the estate's 49ha of vines, my favourite wine is their Don Tommaso, a Chianti Classico with great depth and character, but also elegant and fine, and there is good Vin Santo too. Le Corti’s grounds include 13,000 olive trees which produce excellent, emerald-green extra-virgin olive oil. This is preserved in terracotta jars from the nearby town of Impruneta and stored in a traditional orciaia (a special location for storing olive oil jars), one of the very few left in Tuscany. Le Corti also offers self-catered villas, wine tasting and cooking courses. Le Corti also offers self-catered villas, wine tasting and cooking courses in the historic kitchens of the Villa.

Useful information: You can visit the cellars for tasting Tuesday – Saturday 10.00-18.00 with a charge from €15 which includes a tasting of 3 wines, 2 olive oils and mixed cured meats. The visit to the Villa is free every first Wednesday of each month by appointment only. Otherwise it can be visited on most days by appointment at a cost of €7 per person. After the visit a light lunch is available at €30-€35. English spoken. Groups (up to 50) on request.


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