In the estate shop you can find all our products: from Sticciano’s organic wines and Fonti’s fine ones to our olive oil, honey and grappa. In addition to these products there are also many other organic items of the territory such as pasta, preserves, pickles, cheeses, meats, craft beers, jams and legumes as well as the line dedicated to the precious truffle.
Even the local craftsmanship is present with handmade textile creations as well as other valuable local art objects created according to the environment’s tradition.
Even the typical essences of Tuscany, organic cosmetics and room scenting have their own important space in the store, together with the territory’s culture thanks to the presence of important editorial works available for guests to discover and understand the art and tradition of this land.
“Cultivating land can be considered a liberal art, a kind of poetry and painting. – William Wordsworth” William Wordsworth.
Enchanted landscapes, where the sky stops for a moment and try to understand if its reflection is not an illusion. This is Sticciano, where the uniqueness of the moment is found in its products.
The farm is the fulcrum of the estate’s activity: it has been carrying on with increasing love, dedication and passion for many years. Our cultivation project goes hands in hands with a sustainable and organic agriculture: the love for our territory leads us to engage with a clean energy, excluding any practice that could be harmful for the biodiversity and respecting it in all its natural cycles.
Values such as quality, uniqueness and authenticity are the basis of our modus operandi. We believe that organic and biodynamic practices – if used with skills – lead to products that are much more valuable: full of flavor, vibrancy and personality to savor, reducing damage to both our bodies and the environment.
The Chianti region represents the beating heart of Tuscany: it stretches between Florence and Siena’s provinces, and during the Middle Ages it was bitterly disputed between the two rival cities until 1555 when the Medici family imposed its hegemony on the whole of Tuscany. Its beautiful landscape can boast a harmonious blend of peasant features, castles and villages with traditional rural architecture and medieval heritage. Villages, castles, churches, abbeys, monasteries, cottages and villas follow one another in a fantastic itinerary that exalts the industriousness and inventiveness of man. Centuries of work have shaped the hills of this region, and the continuous alternation of vineyards, olive groves and woods create such a unique harmony that is rare to be find elsewhere.
The Vineyard landscapes
The Chianti landscape and the soil’s characteristics are keywords to wine quality. On the whole, the richness of the skeleton is the main functional characteristic of Chianti’s soil, as it regulates soil fertility and rainwater drainage. Skeleton also induces a high root depth, which favors a slow and constant supply of water and nutrients to the plant, and an optimal ripening process of the grapes. This is the reason why the main Chianti vines such as Sangiovese reach very high-quality levels in the stony soils of the Chianti hills.
Ours land is quite complicated since it requires a lot of attention and promptness however it is very rewarding as it donates us the joy of incomparable smells and flavors, unique in the world.
Besides Sticciano’s wines which reflect the typical wines of the local culture, the development of Fonti’s first line of wines shifted the production to international grape varieties of great finesse, resulting in a more modern and elegant type of vinification, adorned with sophisticated and refined blends.
The wine making process
During the winemaking process, we always opt for modern systems which allow us to use very low doses of sulfites. Every ten days we taste each and every wine in the cellar to check their status and evolution. Wines are just like humans: they born, grow, mature, age, and then die; in every period of a wine’s life the best parts are to be protected and respected, and this is what we do on a daily basis.
Chianti – Maggiano
Among the wine types produced at Tenuta di Sticciano we find Chianti D.o.C.G. “Maggiano” (100% Sangiovese) with an intense and characteristic aroma, with hints of small red fruits and characterized by an intense ruby red color. It’s the classic Chianti with a harmonious and persistent taste.
Chianti – La Riserva della Villa
Another Chianti wine produced here is the “Riserva della villa”, which is the result of the combination with the best grapes and a long aging (10-12 months) in the small oak barriques resting in the old Medici’s cellar.
A strong ruby red colour describes this wine, which tends to garnet red with aging.
The aroma is intense and penetrating, with notes of ripe red fruits, licorice and vanilla. The result is a red wine with a full and harmonic taste, with an excellent persistence given by soft and well blended tannins.
I.G.T. – Cantastorie Rosso
The winery also produces an excellent I.G.T. wine, called “Cantastorie” (80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet),: it has a strong and ancient taste, it’s very persistent and made of great structure and aromatic power. The smell is well-structured, with notes of ripe fruit jam, coffee, tobacco and leather.
This wine is the result of a long aging in oak barrels (12-16 months).
I.G.T – Chardonnay
The Chardonnay is a white wine having a balanced taste, sapid and slightly moved. Its smell has the typical hints of green apple, a typical characteristic of the grape.
Vinsanto del Chianti
Typical wine of some major Tuscan festivals, vinsanto on its own. The base grapes are Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Bianca Lunga, then other traditional white grapes such as San Colombano and Canaiolo Bianco are added.
Grapes are well selected and harvested, and only the best and healthiest ones are used, which are capable of withering for about 90 days under a canopy. At the end of the drying process the dried grapes are pressed and the must is transferred into the so-called caratelli, small oak and chestnut barrels, with a capacity ranging from 100 to 200 liters, where the wine fermentation and its subsequent aging takes place.
“For centuries olive oil means that people who use it have better health. “– Walter Willet
The history at a glance
The olive tree originated in Asia and spread throughout the Mediterranean area about 6000 years ago, where it has always been considered a sacred tree within all civilizations and the oil extracted from its fruits was used not only as food, but also for religious and ritual purposes.
In Tuscany and in particular in the province of Florence, the Medici family promoted the spread of the olive tree, thus favoring the allocation of hilly lands to municipalities, with the obligation of renting them at minimum prices to those who would turn them into olive groves and vineyards. During the eighteenth century the first official cataloging of the varieties of olive trees took place in the Italian territory, based on their geographical origin: Puglia and Tuscany stood out for the peculiar characteristics of their olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil has always been considered halfway between a food and a medicine. Thanks to its numerous nutritional qualities, it is a suitable food for every age, even for young people, who are always trying to keep fit, bringing energy to their body.
It contains vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant that counteracts the so-called free radicals, considered responsible for the aging of the body. It also contains several unsaturated fatty acids, considered to be an additional nutritional quality.
Our Olive Oil
The extra virgin olive oil Toscano I.G.P. is produced with the local Tuscan cultures: frantoio, moraiolo, leccino and pollinators such as pendolino and maurino.