Italy Travel: 4 Best Winery Farmhouse Accommodations in Chianti Tuscany

On a September evening filled with cricket and balmy weather, I’m seated in front of the Chianti countryside. A ripple of hills stretches before me, lit by sparkling villages at its crest. It is like a triptych painting in an image gallery.

It is peaceful. My only companion is the fir tree that rises up over my deck chair like a lollipops. The air is scented with rosemary, lavender, and thyme.

Tuscany’s organic winemaking cradle, Panzano di Chianti, is tucked amid bottle green hills and valleys some 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Florence.

My first visit to this area was a few years back. I remember being drawn by the organic wine opportunities. You can see the graceful sentinels of cypress tree branches stretching out to the horizon in the vineyards. This was the first Italian organic wine region.

Many of the agriturismo winery farms in the area have been open only since July after the lengthy Italian lockdown. This was going to be my first post Covid trip.

These are my top picks for where to lay down in the region.

Renzo Marini was a pioneer in winemaking, organic wines. Just before the harvest, Panzano’s Vino Al Vino Festival gave me the opportunity to finally meet him. He is delighted to share his little slice of paradise with guests.

These newly renovated self-catering rural apartments feature wood beams, Tuscan furnishings, and stone walls. Mod fittings include air con, memory foam mattresses (free Wifi), sat TV, security alarms, and sat television. The La Volpe and Lepre are aptly named so that you feel like you’re part of the action.

Each apartment sleeps four and includes a separate living area, kitchen/dining area, double bedrooms, and ensuite bathrooms with local tiles. Bring your own food and supplies and visit the farm to purchase more.

The winery organizes seasonal activities for guests, such as wine harvest in September/October and new oil in November. (Its small batch artisan Cappelli Pasta made from an heirloom variety of wheat can only be purchased on-site.

All guests can enjoy the infinity pool and an outside area with tables and chairs.

The villa is a new ultra-luxury residence on the hillside. It has an infinity pool that soaks up the Chianti hills sunsets. Two-level ” Zicadas’ Lodge” features an elegant kitchen and top-notch appliances. It also has a large living area with farm table, double sofa beds and huge hearth. There is also a terrace that overlooks its gardens. You will only hear the crickets as the villa is located at the end the road. This villa is ideal for families or groups of friends.

Open from March to December Apartment sleeping 4 starts at EUR1200 per week

Il Palagio in Panzano We sleep at Capanna, a charming old barn from the original farmhouse. It has wood beams and whitewashed walls with cushy couches. A hedged-terrace has a wooden table and is perfect for warm, cricket-humming nights. I have an unhealthy obsession with cricket in Chianti. Their sound cuts through the dolce sea breezy atmosphere.

La Torre, Belvedere and Il Piccolo are also self-catering accommodations with stone walls. They offer minimalist luxury (dishwasher/microwave etc.) but the true luxury is the surrounding landscape. A villa can sleep up to 20 people. Apartments start at EUR140 per Night

Giovanni Manetti’s sister Giovanna is the winemaker. The Tenute di Pecille villas are located on the Fontodi Estate. The family was involved in the production and distribution of Florentine Terracotta tiles. These tiles can be seen in the Dome of Florence as well as the farmhouse accommodation.

Grey sandstone pitra serena (as used for Renaissance Florence architecture), period upholstery and local artisan furniture create an ambience of “elegant simplicity” that is in keeping with the Tuscan countryside, says Manetti.

You can play tennis, swim in the pool and pedal up and down the Chianti hills.

We were unable to find this location even with GPS. Tucked in forested folds further south, near Castellina in Chianti, Il Piaggione di Serravalle is set among the vines and gardens full of biodynamic plants and outlandish sculptures. Camilla Curcio (French-born Siena tour guide) and Alberto Inglesi, her husband sculptor run the winery.

The family-size apartment “Belvedere”, located in the upper part, has panoramic views of the valley and pool. The “Hunting Lodge”, a small, cozy home nestled in the garden, is called this. Former manor house La Nostra has a large hearth and a kitchen table made of a 13th-century church door. There is also a private terrace with a barbecue.

You can order meals from the garden and buy wine locally, as well as self-catering. We drove away with 12 bottles of Chianti Classico, and the Chianti Classico was velvety.

You should spend at least half a day in Siena. It is one of the most beautiful dishes in medieval Italy and has amazing flavors. It’s also known as the Panforte di Siena a chewy, spiced fruit-and-nut cake.

Where and What to Taste:

Renzo Marina’s Chianti Classico and deep ruby red flavored Chianti Classico Riserva are 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Gran Selezione on the other hand is 100% Sangiovese. The Conca d’Oro 100% Cab Sav.

At Il Palagio di Panzano, Piccini and husband Franco are making a pure Sangiovese Chianti Classico. She says, “I love it because you can taste my country.” A tasting menu is available in the cellar, which pairs local flavors with different vintages from Monday through Friday.

All Fontodi Vino is made with organic grapes. The 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico, Flaccianello dilla Pieve and the Pinot Nero’s are all delicious.

The villa and winery L’Orcio a Ca’ di Pesa like many here also produces olive oil. Outside of festival hours, you must book a wine tasting.

Panzano centre’s Dario Cecchini is “the greatest butcher shop on the planet”. It has its own restaurant, Antica Macelleria Cecchini. There are many seafood and pasta options, despite the name.

Piazza Gastone Bucciarelli’s Enoteca Il Cardo is a buzzing little wine bar that serves wines from all members of the Vintners’ Association.

How to get there: Panzano In Chianti is located 21 miles/35km from both Florence und Siena. Greve in Chianti is the nearest major town. Other day trips include San Gimignano and Pisa. Florence Vespucci is the closest airport.

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