The estate is nestled on the summit of the Chianti mountains (hills) in the Comune of Gaiole in Chianti, overlooking the Arno River Valley to the east, and extending towards the southwest over a vast portion of the Chianti Classico region. All of its vineyards lay on the hills of this southern area denominated as Monti on Chianti.
In addition to its renown olive oil and wines, Badia a Coltibuono offers hospitality with rooms and apartments available for guests, wine and olive oil tastings, tours of the abbey, and cooking classes. There is a restaurant on the premises, and a gift shop where all of its own products, plus those of local artisans, are available and sold.
At Coltibuono, earlier a monastery then transformed into an elegant, private family villa, one can experience a unique atmosphere with the cloister, the corridors, the vast salons and frescoed rooms.Guest accommodation options include comfortable restored apartments or individual bedrooms transformed from the former monk cells.
The estate extends over 924 hectares, including 64 hectares of prime vineyards and 18 hectares of olive groves, with the majority in ancient forests.
Founded around the year of 1040, as a former abbey, it remains a place for production and hospitality. The Stucchi Prinetti family, inspired by its history, has transformed the estate into a center for research and preservation of the culture of food, vine and sustainability.
Working with nature
The decision of not using herbicides or insecticides was the start in 1985 of the conversion to organic practices. We then selected the 600 vines of our own special massal selection, and in 1988 we 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. Today the Delinat guidelines extend the organic practices to all aspects of production and the creation of the Biodistretto del Chianti launches a challenge to expand to all of the Chianti Classico territory the benefit of sustainable organic farming.