Villa Saletta is a fascinating place, as much for its history as for its potential. The estate’s rolling hills, medieval borgo (village), old farmhouses, beautifully renovated villas and vineyards all bear witness to centuries of transformation under the ownership of a series of families. The Gambacorta family, merchants and bankers from Pisa, first amassed a large part of its lands in the 14th century, creating an important and sizeable estate. Under Canon Gabriello Riccardi, the Riccardi family extensively remodelled and expanded the estate from 1580 and 1620 to create a self-sustaining, efficient and productive “Borgo Fattoria” on the estate. The current owners, the Hands family, have rekindled the estate’s productive vitality, returning to the traditions of winemaking, agriculture, and game hunting that had taken place on the estate for centuries before. In all areas, traditional craftsmanship and a deep commitment to quality are the hallmarks of this century’s Villa Saletta.
Villa Saletta has rekindled the estate’s historic winemaking tradition with a suite of handcrafted Tuscan red wines and a distinctive Spumante. The present owners began restoring the vineyards with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese vines in 2002. Now the vines are maturing into their 10th year, with many prime decades to come.
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The estate is dotted with more than twenty ruined farmhouses, originally built for entire families and their livestock. Three have been restored into wonderful the villas Casolare, Valle, and Fagnana, which are available for rental. Each villa is different, revealing the shape of the old farmhouse under its modern skin, and are appointed with simple yet extremely high-quality furniture, fixtures, and fabrics.
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The estate’s agricultural tradition lies in the centuries-old mixed agriculture practice that shaped the now famous countryside of Tuscany with wheat, livestock, and vines. The last fifty years has seen the advent of mechanisation and substantial changes in traditional farming. Villa Saletta is moving towards a longer growing and harvesting cycle, using pastures for hay, rotational woodland, and low-input crops such as barley and oats. The emphasis is on the long term preservation of the estate’s agricultural resources.