Fattoria San Michele a Torri, typical tuscan products
Fattoria San Michele a Torri, an Organic Farm since 1992, is situated in the heart of the Chianti region just 15 km from the city of Florence. We own over 370 hectares of land of which 55 are vineyards responsible of the production of chianty italy wine, 40 are active olive groves responsible for producing Laudemio. The rest is arable land and forest suitable for breeding Cinta Senese.
The territory of the Fattoria San Michele is 211 meters above sea level, right in the middle of the most well known wine regions of Classic Chianti and Chianti Colli Fiorentini.
Paolo Nocentini, the current owner, is the one responsible for developing new and innovative ways to cultivate the traditonal agriculture. He personally has renovated and expanded the crop directing it to the organic production of typical Tuscan products such as organic honey, organic chickpeas and creating what can be easily considered an organic farm.
The typical tuscan products of the Fattoria
Our respect for the balance between natural cultivation and breedings is what creates the excellence of our products which consists of : a variety of chianty italy wine such as Chianti Colli Fiorentini Docg wine, Classic Chianti Docg.
Also our organic farm produces extra virgin olive oil, meats, Cinta Senese salami Dop,organic honey, saffron, spelt, small garbanzo beans from Chianti and corn flour from Marano. All of these products are authentic specialties and are a result of 100% organic farming.
TUSCAN WINE AND SPIRITS
The Fattoria San Michele a Torri extends for around 370 hectare of land, 55 of which are vineyards. Part lies within the territory of the Classic Chianti, while the other portion falls within Central Tuscany and the Chianti Colli Fiorentini (Florentine Hills).
THE FRESH PASTA
Our organic homemade pastificio, or “pasta factory,” is in Via dei Rustici, downtown Florence. It produces pasta from the organic grains of Semolina, using antique pasta makers that have been restored, while always following the traditional compression method.
CINTA SENESE COLD CUTS
When it comes to cold cuts we only use meat from our own stock. Luca Magazzini, the butcher of our ORGANIC FARM, is personally in charge of supervising and taking care of how the the product are processed
BIO ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
One of Fattoria san Michele a Torri s most prestigious products is without a doubt our Bio Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
CINTA SENESE MEATS
Cinta Senese is a breed of Italian pigs from ancient times.
A Fresco named “Allegory and Effects of the Good” depicts a Cinta pig already in 1338.
Organic farming has always been our choice at Fattoria San Michele. Our products are “farm to table” they start on the farm and lands on your table.
100% organic Farm
Fattoria San Michele a Torri is committed to sustaining the biological cultivation. We believe that by only using natural products and respecting the biological balance and biodiversity of our environment, our staff can produce high-quality foods.
The conscious decision to buy only biological, low environmental impact food helps future sustainability.
Fattoria San Michele decided to make organic Tuscan products its strength, so it is equipped with the necessary certifications to ensure compliance with the rules of production.
historical architectural background
San Michele a Torri is a small village situated in the Val di Pesa hills, just southwest of the city of Florence. The village got its name from the medieval castle that was first mentioned in 1126. Today, only some traces of the castle remain. Most of the castle was destroyed in 1324 by Castruccio Castracani.
Fattoria San Michele a Torri developed over the centuries from an ancient medieval villa
Documentation referring to the structure exists from as far back as 1535 and it is certain that it was used as an important center of production in the 1800’s .
Numerous interventions have reshaped the villa over the years, exemplified by the brick vaulted wine cellar, the 18th century chapel and the Neo-Gothic well , all beautifully restored in 1822 before being destroyed again during WWII.
On July 30, 1944 the “Fattoria” was in the centre of “The battle of San Michele a Torri” since the city walls were the last standing defense before Florence. The New Zealand and German troops battled there for one week leaving dozens dead. Many historians believe that this battle was more intense and significant than the famous battle of Cassino. During this battle, most of the population of San Michele took refuge in the cellars below the Fattoria and 120 people are believed to have hidden in the barrels feeling they would be safer there. In memory of those who died from the New Zealand armed force, July 30th is celebrated as “San Michele day.”
Recently the farm has been restored strictly respecting its original style and elegance.
Chianti and it’s specialties
Tuscany has a rich and strong gastronomic tradition. The combination of its climate, altitude and soil give this particular area of the Chianti the perfect formula for producing high quality wine and fine foods.
These are the typical Tuscan products that are World renowned.
Chianti WineChianti has its own particular wine which is known as the Chianti Classico DOCG. According to the Rules it is either made with 100% Sangiovese grapes or by adding a maximum of 20% of other red grapes. Nowhere else in the world can the characteristics of this wine be reproduced since these Sangiovese are native to this specific area.
The olive oilAnother excellence of Tuscany is represented by Extra Virgin Olive OIl. Olive growing tradition finds its origins in ancient times. Tuscan olive oil has a distinct flavor of fruitiness with a bite of spice. It is stored in antique terra-cotta jars.
chianina meatChianina is a breed of cattle and one of Tuscanys most ancient and eminent products Originally used as traction power, its name derives from the Val di Chiana. It offers a lean meat from which is made the famous “Fiorentina” steak.
Cinta senese DOP salamiGiven this name because of the pink stripe around its chest, the Cinta Senese pigs are bred in a semi-wild environment and fed with grass, barley, corn and field bean cereals. When producing coldcuts we only use animals bred by us . Luca Magazzini, the Fattoria’s butcher, is personally in charge of supervising and taking care of the processing of the meats .
Tuscan breadWhat makes this bread unique is the absence of salt. In the XII century, salt was a very expensive product so florentines started using less of this ingredient. Now, overtime, this ihas become the bread’s most common characteristic. One would think this bread would be flavorless, yet the special yeast and processing make this bread rich with flavor and an unmistakable aroma.