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Life is a DREAM
Just imagine spending a day immersed in the beauty, history and charm of a 17th century Villa set in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Driving through the gates of Villa Le Corti, the home of the Principe Corsini family, your senses are immediately captivated. This land has belonged to this distinguished royal Italian family since 1363. Surrounded by a tapestry of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, it sings wine, olives, and hospitality.
DISCOVER THE PLACE
The majestic Villa sits on 250 hectares; 49 of which are vineyards planted with Sangiovese grapes producing Chianti Classico wine and 73 hectares devoted to olive trees producing their DOP extra virgin olive oil. The rest of the terroir encompasses an Italian geometric garden with century old cypress trees spilling out into a parkland in all of its natural splendor.
We accidentally discovered this villa many years ago on one of our adventures exploring the Tuscan countryside. We vowed to return one day to experience its true essence. Dreams do come true!
As we parked our car in the vineyard, a tractor pulling the team of grape pickers arrived with a load of harvested grapes ready to be sorted, de-stemmed and crushed. We were greeted by our tour guide, Christina, who would take us behind the scene of wine making. Our tour began by entering the historic underground wine cellar constructed in 1600. Layered on 3 levels, it “winds through a system of rooms and corridors carved out under the villa and gardens”. Intoxicated by the aroma of fermenting wine, we were enthralled by the magnificence of patinated doors, stone floors and hundreds of oak barrels. Villa Corti prides itself on the production of Chianti Classico Principe Corsini. We explored the corridors of the Villa discovering Chianti’s largest historic “orciaia” (olive oil storage area) and olive mill. Olives and wine are like a marriage made in heaven, both cultivated, processed and bottled on site.
Seated in the kitchen at a table covered in 24 wine glasses, we knew that this meal was going to be memorable. Starting our “festa” with glasses of ROSÉ PRINCIPE CORSINI S.A., their Sparkling Wine Rosé, we toasted this magical moment. We were presented with a beautiful platter of antipasto and fresh figs which signifies the official beginning of the Italian meal. We savored each course with a Principe Corsini wine, with each note exquisitely described in detail by Christina. On this day, we truly experienced La Dolce Vita!
Where to stay
Principe Corsini is more than wine and olive oil. Indulge all your senses by staying in historical estates in the heart of Chianti Classico, only a few kilometres from Florence and Siena (Villa Le Corti) or in the heart of Maremma (Marsiliana Estate). For more information: www.principecorsini.com