Castello La Leccia is certainly more than your average farmstay agriturismo, even Tuscan agriturismo. It is a restored medieval hamlet with an eleventh century castle on a working organic vineyard and olive farm, and is a truly luxurious place with some stunning views over the Chianti Hills. The Accommodation: Read more [...]
They have two double rooms and two larger double luxury suites at the farmhouse, all of which are very comfortable and elegantly decorated in classic Tuscan style. Each come with private bathroom, WiFi and satellite flat screen TV, while the larger suites also have a separate lounge area.
Outside there is plenty of space to relax in the gardens and guests are free to wander the estate and the ancient wine cellars, and can of course arrange wine and olive oil tasting sessions, as well as Tuscan cooking lessons, at the villa.
There wine making tradition dates back to 1700 and their wines have won numerous awards, the most well known being their Chianti Dianella which is served in many top restaurants and taverns all over Italy.
Their food is fabulous too, they have a well regarded restaurant and a generous and healthy buffet breakfast will await you each morning, to be served in your room, in the dining hall or outside in the gardens.
The Farm & Vineyard:
For those of you in the know of such things, the Estate is located in the western Montalbano Chianti DOCG area of Tuscany and has about 25 hectares of vineyard stretched over gentle hills with a south to south west exposure. They grow a variety of grapes here; Cabernet Sauvignon, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Colorino and quite a few more.
There are also about 15 hectares of olive groves, growing a variety such as Leccino, Pendolino, Frantoio and Moraiolo which go into the making of make their branded Dianella extra virgin olive oil.
They are passionate about both and have even a small wine museum in the ancient cellars of the villa. Tours are offered too of course, of the farm and the cellars, as well as wine and oil tasting sessions.
The rest of the farm contains a large area of untouched woodland where a lot of valuable truffles are to be found. It’s a lovely place to wander around and you can also organize truffle hunting tours with specially trained dogs.
The farmstay is just outside the small, beautiful village of Vinci, the ancient home of Leonardo. The farmhouse where he was born is actually about 3km outside the village in the hamlet of Anchiano, but in the village itself there is much to see, including the Museo Leonardiano, and the font where he was baptized at the church of Santa Croce. It gets hoards of tourists, especially in summer, but is a must visit, and you can retreat back to the peace of the farmstay afterwards.
There are a host of surrounding towns worth a visit too; Empoli just south down the road from the farm stay, Castelfiorentino, Montelupo and the town of the three hills, San Miniato, to name but a few. And there are also many nature and hiking trails that snake their way all around this wonderful countryside.
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