ITALY, TUSCANY, PISA, SAN MINIATO
Beautiful Historic Tuscan Farm with Vineyards
This beautiful farm dates back to the 1700s and is spread over 54 hectares of land comprising vegetable crops, two vineyards, an olive grove, arable land and coppice.
Originally a podere, the modern organic farm produces large quantities of various vegetables aromatic herbs and strawberries and of course, wine.
The property is located in a pretty unspoiled valley nestled in the rolling hills that surround the medieval village of San Miniato. This is a great position as it’s within easy driving distance of the main 4 cities in Tuscany: Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena.
Currently, the farm grows a number of different vegetables; mainly fennel, leaks, cabbage, beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, salads, asparagus, artichokes, onions and garlic, on a carefully planned rotation to ensure the land isn’t over-exploited.
It has also just started growing aromatic herbs for which there is high demand. Strawberries are grown in spring and summer. They do very well here and have become famous in the area. Most of the fruit and vegetables goes to organic shops but they also deliver weekly boxes directly to families.
The farm includes several working buildings and a small B&B.
The vineyards are planted with:
1.2 hectares of San Giovede
0.7 hectares of Merlot
0.6 hectares of Cabernet
The farm produces between 5000 and 10,000 bottles of wine every year. Il Rosso Biologico, or tuscan red, is a blend of three grapes. It changes from year to year depending on the harvest. It enjoys a good reputation in the region. Il Rosso Biologico is entirely made in-house. From grape harvest to fermentation and aging and bottling.
The farmhouse has been completely restored but the owners were keen to preserve the feeling and style of an old Tuscan farmhouse. The result is a practical 21st century home in charming 17th century exteriors. The house comprises 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, 2 living rooms (one on each floor), and a sumptuous open space kitchen leading into the dining area which features an amazing fireplace.
The ground floor opens onto a huge terrace under which a garage has been built for two cars as well as a large laundry area, storage and meeting areas. There is also a wood fire bread and pizza oven.
The house is heated with low temperature floor heating and equipped with centralised air conditioning with hidden fan coils and a ventilated roof.
The floors are all either wooden parquet or Tuscan cotto.
The bathrooms and kitchen are embellished with hand painted tiles and there is fibreoptic internet connection throughout.
The barn is another classic rural building in red brick. It is currently used for storage. However, it could be converted into a restaurant, a production facility or even apartments.
THE RED HOUSE
The red house consists of the farmer’s shop alongside a small office and storage space for products and wines. The mechanical workshop and the chipped wood boiler are located at the back of this house.
On the west side there’s a worker’s changing facility, the wine cellar and a nice veranda.
On the front lawn, under an old pine tree there are wooden tables for summer parties and a kid’s playground.
THE FIRST FLOOR
The first floor has been divided into 3 apartments: a 4 bedroom apartment, a 2 bedroom apartments and a 1 bedroom apartment
The shed is the main processing area. The height can be increased to double the size and converted into B&B rooms, apartments or even a restaurant or spa.
Restoring the lodge and the barn coupled with the faciilites of the red house could increase the total number of bedrooms to 30. The operation could be significantly increased by restoring the old parsonage close to the Pieve di San Giovanni which is currently a ruin.
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