A good vintner must favor the natural balance of the ecosystem. With this strong belief we sustain the development of life in the ground. We use a reduced quantity of copper and sulphur for phytosanitation, we plant barley, mustard and clover between the rows of vines, use compost derived from the pomace and stalks; these are only a few of the factors that encourage an
optimum balance of organic substances in which our vines stretch out their roots.
All this enhances the peculiarities of the terroir which are transferred to the fruit that we nurture carefully from flower to harvest.
Our vineyards are positioned in five different spots surrounding the Castle, at altitudes that vary from 300 to 500 meters above sea level. With a southern and south west exposition the vines plunge their roots into marl and chalky soils.
Due to these varieties our Sangiovese has a considerable ductility and unleashes therefore complex and structured qualities rather than sweetness and elegance. We also cultivate small quantities of Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
Fully ripened and healthy grapes are essential to obtain an optimum product but the wine cellar represents an equally delicate phase of the wine production. The grapes of each vineyard are harvested and processed separately , the fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. After the racking, the malolactic fermentation continues in cement
and wooden containers. The following phase, perhaps the most delicate, is the blend of the Sangiovese Chianti Classico that, with a provenance from four different vineyards, presents characteristics and aromas that are markedly different from one another.
Depending on the vintage, we try to emphasize the right blend by letting one or more particular vineyards take precedence. The refining of the wine takes place in both cement containers and oak barrels, “tonneaux” and smaller wooden barriques.
The Bruciagna vineyard offers us a Sangiovese that, compared to the other vines, expresses its potentialities consistently whatever the vintage. For this reason, we decided to make it our reserve wine, after a minimum of three years refinement in wood and cement.
The Malvasia Nera is used in the blend of the Chianti Classico and at times in the Reserve.
We love to experiment varying combinations of Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot grapes and the Sangiovese grapes to obtain our table wine “Vivaio del Cavaliere”.
Our olives, the same day they are harvested, are gathered in a large hopper, cleaned from the leaves and twigs and then transported by conveyor belt to the washing plant. Then, with a Archimedean screw they are dosed into the press that reduces them to a pulp. This olive paste is dropped into the mill where it remains for 30 minutes and is processed at a controlled
temperature of approximately 27°. This delicately handled mixture is then transferredinto decanters, and left to separate into its three components: solids, vegetable water and olive must.
The must is then centrifuged again to separate any water residue from the oil.
At the conclusion of the entire process the oil is filtered and in the days that follow, is bottled, great care being taken not to disturb its organoleptic properties.
Written historical sources mention Castello La Leccia as early as 1077, when the nobleman Rodolfo di Guinzo acquired part of the castle. Considering the strategic importance of its position, the rights of the castle were divided between 16 different owners. Around the mid 1400’s, the castle, as well as most of the Chianti area was annexed to the dominion of the Ricasoli family.
News of raids and devastation, but also a deep passion for the ancient practice of wine-growing, can be noted in the sorrowful letters written by Andrea Ricasoli in 1529, during the bloody conflict between Siena and Florence: &uot;...perhaps fifty Sienese came to my dwelling in Chianti called la Leccia where…..they burnt all that was in the place….and 200 barrels of wine in the cellars were all spilled….&uot;
During the XVIII Century, the Castle, in whose hamlet around 70 people resided, began to take on the appearance of a villa due to the modification of part of the structure. In 1920, the entire property was bought by our Great Grandfather Giuliano Daddi and in the course of the second world war, in July 1944, the hamlet, occupied at the time by German troops, was heavily bombed and ultimately part of the tower, the last testament to its medieval structure, was partially destroyed as well as a wing of the 1700’s villa.
After more than four years of careful and conscientious restoration of the Castle and its surrounding gardens, that from 1920 has been a haven and refuge for our family, our estate has once more been filled with life and shines in new splendor.
With the precious input of the Architect Alessandro Loni Coppedè we have realized our dream whilst maintaining intact the original spaces and rendering them more functional and welcoming. We have used eco-friendly materials and techniques, faithfully reconstructing , with the aid of old family photographs, the noble stair way of the 1700’s villa, irrevocably destroyed by the bombings of July 1944, which our father witnessed firsthand.
We love this place with all our hearts, we nurture the land and pay meticulous care to the upkeep of our olive groves and vineyards and with great passion we have breathed life and light into this, our home.
Our wish, to which we are most dedicated, is to welcome you to our home and share with you our sincere love of this corner of Tuscany.
We have created twelve bedrooms of three different categories, ranging from 21 to 55 sqm in size,
that all enjoy splendid views over the surrounding countryside. Elegantly furnished,
the rooms have been designed to render your stay intimate and comfortable. Wooden floors,
beamed ceilings, pastel colors, precious fabrics and furniture chosen exclusively for these
rooms and designed for us by a Florentine artisan create a warm and sophisticated atmosphere.
The original sketches by our Great Grandfather, Ugo Giovannozzi, engineer and Florentine architect
of the early 1900’,evoke
magnificent memories of the past.
Ideal for two people (16-23 sqm), the classic bedroom is equipped with a writing desk, a LCD TV, telephone, safe and minibar. There is free Wi-Fi access. The bathroom is appointed with a shower, a hairdryer and toiletries. Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary bottle of our Chianti Classico wine.
The superior bedroom is more spacious (25-28 sqm) and in some cases, it is possible to add a third bed. It is equipped with a writing desk, a LCD TV, telephone, safe and minibar. There is free Wi-Fi access. The bathroom is appointed with a shower, a hairdryer and toiletries. Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary bottle of our Chianti Classico wine.Upon request, certain bedrooms can be communicating.
The deluxe bedroom (30-48 sqm) is an elegant room with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. Each room is individually designed and most have a small lounge area and where possible, the addition of a third bed. The bedroom is equipped with a writing desk, a LCD TV, telephone, safe, minibar and a docking station for Apple or android devices. The bathroom is appointed with a shower or a bathtub, a hairdryer, toiletries and bathrobes. Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary bottle of our Chianti Classico wine.
We take care of you from early in the morning: in the original lemon conservatory, between 8:00 and 10:30, breakfast is served. A warm and appetizing welcome with homemade cakes, fresh fruit, honey, yogurt, jam, eggs, cheese, cold cuts and Tuscan bread. All exclusively locally produced.
In good weather we serve breakfast outdoors in the gardens with sweeping views over the valley towards San Gimignano and Siena as a perfect back drop.
From 12:00 to 14:00 we invite guests to partake in a light lunch by the pool or under the century old majestic Holm Oak trees, accompanied by a glass of Chianti Classico
or a refreshing glass of white wine.
From 19:00 to 22:00 you may dine in our restaurant. We suggest you conclude your day with an aperitif in a location of your choice in the gardens enjoying the sunset, followed by an alfresco meal or alternatively, in the dining room from whose windows you can savor the beautiful Tuscan landscape.
The Castle kitchen prepares dishes and flavors that are typical of Tuscany and its traditions with some innovations and always accompanied by wine exclusively from
the Chianti Classico area.