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Situated on the route between Poggibonsi and Castellina in Chianti, close to the church of San Pietro a Cedda, the estate was owned in 1200 by the Florentine family Ormanni also quoted by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy:
The estate was elected as countryside dwelling and passed from the Ormanni to the Scarlatti family in the XVI century and afterwards to the Medici in the XVIII century. In 1818 Carlotta Lenzoni de’ Medici, already famous for having purchased Boccaccio’s house in Certaldo and having it restored as a Museum, resold the Ormanni estate to Vincenzo Brini di Angelo from Carmignano, next to Prato. The bill of sale dates January 30 th , 1819.
“so that it should not seem remarkable when I speak of the noble Florentines, whose fame is buried by time. I have seen the Ughi, seen the Catellini, the Filippi, Grechi, Ormanni and Alberichi, illustrious families already on the wane.” Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) – Divine Comedy, Paradise Canto XVI
- Owner and director: Paola Brini Batacchi
- Sales directors: Francesco Daddi and Rocco Giorgio
- Oenologists: Paolo Salvi and Niccolo’ Ferri
- Agronomists: Ruggero Mazzilli and Salvatore Radesco
- Administration, agritourism and direct sale operators: Alberta Lorenzini, Ivan Batignani, Silvia Montagnani
- Chianti Classico vineyards (Barberino Val d’Elsa, Florence): 38 hectares
- Chianti vineyards (Poggibonsi, Siena): 26 hectares
- Olive-groves: 34 hectares
…everything started in 1818
when Vincenzo (1780-1854), son of Angelo Brini from Carmignano, took possession of the estate called Ormanni from the name of the founder family that elected this estate as their countryside dwelling in the XIII century. The purchase by the noblewoman Donna Carlotta Lenzoni de’ Medici was executed with a bill of sale by notary Giovacchino Bacci in Florence on January 30th, 1819. As all Tuscan farms, Ormanni produced wine, olive oil, cereals, firewood and timber. There were livestock breeding, an active mill and an olive press. Alcohol was produced from strawberry trees distillation, as shown by the payment receipt of 100 liras to the treasury for “gabelle on manufacture of alcohol” dated April 9th, 1890.
Farm labourers were employed with typical agrarian contracts known as “farm contracts” and “share cropping”. In 1924, when the “Farmers’ co-operative for the defense of typical Chianti wine” bearing the symbol of the Black Rooster was created, Ormanni estate was managed by Vincenzo Brini and his nephew Francesco, who was the father of the present estate’s owner, Engineer Paolo. As of the beginning of the ‘60s, the latter transformed Ormanni estate in a modern farm, passing from mixed and heterogeneous cultures to specialized vineyards and olive-groves and he has little by little abandoned the estate share cropping management in favour of a more modern owner-managed business.
Our cellar is articulated in 4 rooms according to the different phases of wine production: steel containers, concrete and glass vats, barrels and barriques (oak barrels). The first fermentation occurs in steel containers, the new wine is then stored in concrete and glass vats and eventually in barrels and barriques. Situated below the garden of the Villa, the oldest part of the cellar dates back to the end of 1700 when it was excavated in the tuff, as it can still be seen inside. Wine ageing occurs in barrels and barriques in this part of the cellar.