Badia a Coltibuono
Since 1846 Badia a Coltibuono has belonged to the Stucchi Prinetti family. The Stucchi are to be considered pioneers of Chianti, having invested in this land since 1846 when their ancestor, Florentine banker Michele Giuntini bought the beautiful property. Since then the property begun to flourished. Passed along in the 1930’s to Maria Luisa Giuntini, she managed and transformed the property until the late 1950’s, when her son, Piero Stucchi Prinetti, took charge of the property. He began to bottle the best vintages of the estate’s Chianti Classico Riserva, selling them both on the domestic and international markets.
He was the first to realise the potential of another traditional product of the region: extra virgin olive oil.
Piero’s wife, Lorenza de' Medici di Ottajano, author of many book on recipes started in the 1980’s a cooking school program. Emanuela, Paolo and Roberto Stucchi Prinetti, brothers are todays owners and managers of the property.
Six generations have succeeded with passion and respect for its extraordinay legacy. A strong and heartfelt commitment not only for the Badia itself, but for the beautiful Chianti territory that surrounds it, with its people, traditions and places: a form of active and sensitive participation to conservation, in the most respectful and modern meaning. In this place where, a thousand years ago, the monks have developed sustainable methods of cultivation, the Stucchi family continues today its commitment to organic farming, with the aim of keeping the land healthy and usable by future generations too.
The choice of a healthier and more sustainable agriculture started in 1985 through the conversion to organic practices, thanks to a special massal selection, and in 1988 they began the renewal of the vineyards. Over the years the organic approach has become more successfully integrated in our farm and in 1994 the olive groves were certified, followed in 2000 by the vineyards. Managing cover-crop, composting and increasing biodiversity are the most essential components of a truly sustainable organic approach. This increases the health of the soil, which in turn promotes better quality, higher yields as well as protecting the health of the workers and the environment. A live and healthy soil also makes the wines more vibrant and help express their unique character. The vineyards of Badia a Coltibuono are located in the area of Monti, the most southerly of the municipality of Gaiole, which has always hosted the vineyards of the ancient Badia a Coltibuono. Mainly Sangiovese grapes are grown, as well as native grapes such as Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo and Colorino, as well as having reintroduced cultivations of Mammolo, Malvasia Nera, Pugnitello, Fogliatonda and Sanforte.