Artimino, a wine tradition from the Medici family until today

Chianti and Vin Santo just how they were done at the Medici time. Artimino farm produces many Tuscan wines following to the Grand Ducal notice of Cosimo III emanated three hundred years ago. The Estate, 20 km from Florence, covers more than 700 hectares. Here there are many historical buildings: the Medici Villa “La Ferdinanda”, Unesco Heritage Site, called “the hundred chimneys Villa”, an ideal location for wedding and conferences; the Hotel Paggeria Medicea, from XVII century, with 37 rooms and 59 apartments; the Biagio Pignatta restaurant, after the name of the first butler of Ferdinando I de Medici; the farm with 80 hectares of vineyards in full sun to the south for production of Docg wines and 18.000 olive groves for extra virgin olive oil.

Chianti Docg

Tasting notes: ruby red; intense fruity, hints of berry and violet; harmonic, savory, structured taste.

Grapes varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino.

Food pairings: cured meat, medium aged cheese, first dishes with tasty sauces, grilled meat.

Carmignano Riserva Grumarello Docg

Tasting notes: intense burgundy red; hints of berry, blackberry, tobacco, leather, clove; harmonic, structured, persistent taste.

Grapes varieties: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah.

Food pairings: important red meat dishes, game meat.

Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo

Tasting notes: yellow golden amber; hints of dried figs, toasted almonds, walnuts; structured, harmonic, persistent taste.

Grapes varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Aleatico, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Bianca lunga, San Colombano.

Food pairings: chocolate desserts, Tuscan almond cookies.

Artimino village, not far from the Villa, is a beautiful place in the heart of Tuscany with many Etruscan ruins. It preserves its medieval feature and houses a very interesting small archaeological museum. The Olmo family owns the Estate of Artimino up to the 1980’s. Lifestyle here follows the slow rhythm of the countryside.

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The villa, built in the 14th century, was purchased in 1572 by the Capponi family which extended it and enhanced it, turning it into a noble residence. In 1882 it became the property of Lady Scott, daughter of the Duke of Portland, and later passed into the hands of the Clifford family. The building, which is quite simple in layout, was further embellished at the end of the 19th century with the additions of two panoramic loggias, the columns for which were, it seems, taken from demolition work done during the redevelopment of the old city centre to create Piazza della Repubblica.

The garden, which comprises terraces on different levels, extends along the Pian dei Giullari hillside, from where the view over Florence is quite breathtaking, and blends in with the surrounding farmland. The first terrace, immediately behind the villa, is a broad grassy area stretching the length of the northern side of the building, on which an ancient wisteria hangs.  Access to this formal garden, separated from the lawn by another box hedge, is marked by two columns surmounted by two terracotta griffins.  The first of these gardens, which lies five metres lower than the level of the villa, is reached by a narrow flight of steps beside the boundary wall. A wrought-iron gate leads to the second garden, at the centre of which stands a fine stone lily-pool.