The agriculture and animals of our tradition
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What really makes staying at Agriturismo Montalbino unique is the feeling of being immersed in a genuine environment, which continues the Tuscan rural tradition.
The Agriturismo is surrounded by 90 hectares of vineyards, olive trees, arboretums, woods and arable land. Worth mentioning are also the truffle reserves, where you can find in season the prestigious white truffle (Tuber Magnatum). The animals, like the “Cinta” pork, the donkey from the Amiata region, the rabbits, and the chickens live in our farm.
Montalbino wines - organic agriculture, native vines and the Chianti
The extreme care of the vineyards through all the manual and mechanical processes during the year, the constant attention to the wine during the winemaking and ageing processes in the cellar, and all those aspects regarding the exposure, microclimate, characteristics and altitude of the land make this place one of the most popular and prized wine areas in Italy and all over the world.
Every year, we produce quality wines; all the transformational processes are conducted within the farm and we entirely cultivate the grapes that derive from native wines such as Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo, Fogliatonda, Trebbiano, and Malvasia Bianca del Chianti. The 100% organic processing contributes to maintaining in-field biodiversity and reflects our philosophy: leave this territory unchanged to those who will come after.
Our cellar, fully renovated in 2020, allows us to preserve the potential quality of our vines and to welcome our guests for wine tastings and guided tours of our farm.
Montalbino Extra Virgin Olive Oil - tradition, organic oil and well-being
Montalbino oil, which is extracted from our olives and bottled on the farm, is obtained following the tradition, namely from the combination of different Tuscan olive varieties. The aim is to create a characteristic and equilibrated product of the territory.
The olives are harvested in October and November and pressed within 48 hours. The oil is obtained through mechanical pressing to maintain the valuable characteristics of the fruit. Also for the olive trees, the cultivation is completely organic, avoiding the use of synthetic fertilisers or insecticides.
We are committed to protecting the biodiversity of these places so that our extra virgin olive oil benefits this fantastic territory, the incredible people working for this farm, and obviously, our Guests!
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.