An Eco-centric Vision in the Demolition of Winesaur

The ‘Winesaur’, as it is known locally, is a large incomplete work. Or rather it was, given that today it is being broken up and disposed of. “The philosophy of those years – Mayor Mugnaini tells us – was to build an aging cellar for all producers”, while instead recent history has taught us that, in this sense, each company has invested its own resources independently.

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The historical archive of Radda in Chianti

The Historical Archive of the Municipality of Radda in Chianti is first and foremost the precious historical memory of the Chianti area and therefore a place of the soul for all those who live there but also for those who visit it from all over the world. Known until recently by a small number of scholars and researchers, following the two projects of enhancement first and restoration then curated by me, a path of recovery and presentation of these historical memories has begun to the attention of the vast public, who is increasingly “thirsty” to learn more about this kind of ancient materials.

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Castellina in Chianti, events, culture and flavours

  BY GIOVANNI SALVIETTI   For the municipality of Castellina in Chianti, summer 2021 is a symbol of the great return to normal and the municipal administration, in collaboration with cultural associations, has organised a rich calendar of events that lasts until autumn. Both adults and children can take part in the fun and learning […]

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Fonterutoli, a geopolitical balcony over Florence and Siena

Amongst the great variety of temporal and spiritual potentates that dot the history of Italy, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III passed through here (remembered by the Edict of Fonterutoli of 998 which put an end to the territorial conflicts of the dioceses of Siena, Arezzo and Fiesole), then Pope Leo X who left Rome and stopped in Castellina to meet the freshly nominated King of France in 1515; here came the Guelph troops who came down from Florence for the Battle of Montaperti (4 September 1260) and were soundly defeated; an earthquake for the European geopolitical scenario in favour of the Empire and the Republic of Siena. We also remember how Filippo Brunelleschi passed here to remodel the fortresses of Castellina, Staggia and Rencine. We also recall, for various reasons, various famous personalities who were here for work or residence, such as Niccolò Machiavelli, Jacopo della Quercia, Lisa Gherardini and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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Volpaia: a small village, a fascinating history

Volpaia currently has 33 inhabitants and 4 restaurants: the properties have now been reunited in large part by the Mascheroni Stianti family. In addition to the prestigious winery there is also a farmhouse, a restaurant and a bakery. The vegetables that arrive on the Castle’s tables come from half a hectare of a strictly organic vegetable garden. In fact, since 2000, the Volpaia winery too has been certified as organic.
The winery extends within the village buildings, connected by an engineering masterpiece: an underground wine pipeline, which goes under the streets of the town.

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Radda redeems itself from a difficult past

BY SIMONE BANDINI Our journey to discover the Radda in Chianti area continues – begun with the Mayor Pier Paolo Mugnaini and architect Daniele Barbucci – and in particular its winemaking tradition. Let’s take a cue from the recent awards that have fallen like rain on local producers: seven vineyards awarded three glasses by the […]

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