Crops and herds of our tradition
Azienda Agricola Montalbino
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One of the elements which well distinguishes your stay in the small village of the Montalbino farmhouse is the sensation of being emerged in a genuine context which retrieves from tradition all the typical elements of the Tuscan countryside.
The farm is one of the strong points of what this small village offers. The apartments are surrounded by 90 hectares of land where they grow olives, the "Cinta" pork is reared and there are reserves of truffle.
Extra virgin olive oil from Montalbino - Among farmer's school, organic oil and well-being
The oil from Montalbino, produced using our own olives and bottled on the farm, is made according to the tradition of combining different varieties of olives in order to obtain a product that is not only typical but also balanced at the same time.
The oil comes only from the olives from Montalbino, hand picked and pressed within 48 hours so that all the finest properties of the fruit, while being kept unchanged, can be included in the oil. We have undertaken our choice of the organic production method without using any fertilisers or insecticides for many years now.
By means of organic cultivating we protect biodiversity of these places while getting one more product from our olive trees because they don't only produce a quality extra-virgin oil but also well-being: for the ones working on the farm, for our guests, for our territory.
Tuber Magnatum: the white truffle - A friendship full of surprises
When unexpectedly a tree and a mushroom become long-lasting friends benefiting from each other, there may be many surprises. One of these is a creation of the exquisite white truffle, a gastronomic delicacy known by the gourmets all over the world.
Picking this underground mushroom can not take place without making another friendship: the one between a truffle hunter and his dog. The dog leads the search, the truffle hunter follows it, often in silence, other times instigating it to work: seeing the two of them suddenly digging a small hole in the ground to “pull out” a truffle is like participating each time in the treasure discovery.
The Montalbino farmhouse can let you participate in the search of both the exquisite white truffle and the “bianchetto” one – a less exquisite truffle but excellent for appreciating many dishes of the Tuscan cuisine – while being accompanied by a truffle hunter, and we can also let you taste this product as prepared according to the tradition of the farm's restaurant.
The farm animals
Chianina, a cattle breed of ancient origin, is mainly bred while cows are left free to graze in the wild or semi-wild thanks to its long and muscular legs and its pure white coat which reflects the sun rays, for easing delivery of the females, for sturdy hooves and its modest dietary needs.
The Chianina meat is sought after for typical dishes, thanks to its excellent flavour and because it's particularly low in fat; it is certified as an IGP product (indication of protected origin).
Amiata's donkey, known as “miccio amiatino” or “sorcino crociato” of the Amiata mountain, is an indigenous breed that is today in danger of extinction. It is good natured although not too docile. It can recognise its master and if it is treated well it can really show a sincere affection for the ones looking after it. With its unflappable character and its soft pace, it is more suitable than a horse in horseback riding therapy centres, especially with adults and children who have some difficulties in establishing relationships with others. It is a valid and useful companion during “long” trekking excursions as long as the load, that is the weight it carries, isn't too heavy.
Turkey is a gallinaceous poultry also known as “Indian chicken” since the American continent, where it comes from, originally called it “the Indies”. The turkey meat is very popular for its nutritional value, richness in iron and proteins, with regard to a high digestibility and a modest fat content. It is useful to remember, especially for the children's safety, that the male turkeys loath red objects and clothing; when they see this colour they often attack emitting a typical gurgle and giving angry pecks.
Rabbit, an animal belonging to the leporidae family, has always been bred on the Tuscan land. Among the breeds, the local country grey should be noted, probably belonging to an indigenous family from the hills around Pisa, suitable for breeding in cages on the ground or in a fenced area but also the ”medium sized white” strongly sought after in the past because it's the fur industry's favourite and its breeding is easy.
Cinta senese, an ancient breed rediscovered recently, has always had an important role in the farmer's family economy, an economy of subsistence and prevailing self-consumption.
Re-discovery of this breed is due, without any doubt, to its contained size, its rusticity, its great quality and healthiness of its meat, qualities which remain intact even in the first generation crossbreed, the so-called “grey” which are also popular in the Tuscan semi-wild pig farms.