Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi
The winery and the ancient Guicciardini Strozzi family boast over a thousand years of history. The oldest document that bears witness to the existence of Cusona Estate dates back to the year 994. The historic estate of Tenuta di Cusona stands among the green Tuscan hills, in front of the famous medieval town of San Gimignano (SI), known for its impressive towers. The illustrious figures of Strozzi and Guicciardini families have influenced the history of Italy and Europe. Francesco Guicciardini, for whom Niccolò Machiavelli started his political carrier as secretary, was an important politician, as well as a philosopher and historian. The Strozzi, on the other hand, were powerful bankers, commanders, heads of State and the major rivals of the Medici family from Firenze. The bust of Piero Strozzi, Marshal of France, still lies among the statues displayed in gallery of Battles in the Palace of Versailles. In the seventeenth century, the descendants of the Strozzi Guicciardini family get married in London with the Marlborough family, that's to say Sir Winston Churchill's family. Among other famous ancestors it is worth mentioning Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, better known as "La Gioconda" or simply "Mona Lisa", painted in the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci now on display at Louvre Museum in Paris. The current members of the family represent the fifteenth generation of descendants.
In the '70s, Prince Girolamo Strozzi started dedicating to the marketing of his wines in Tenuta Cusona and selling them around the world. It is exactly there that he still conducts his activities with his wife Irina and his two daughters Natalia and Irina Jr. In 1998 he expanded in Maremma, in Scansano with Tenuta Poggio Moreto and Montemassi with Tenuta I Massi, as well as Pantelleria.
Cusona is a place that speaks of wine since 994. The estate covers 530 hectares and it is specialized in the production of Vernaccia di San Gimignano as well as cultivating other white and red grapes, including Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Still in the historic cellar of tenuta Cusona, the wine-making and aging process was maintained, while bottling and storage were transferred to the new cellar.