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San Michele Organic Farm is located in the heart of Chianti, around 15 km from Florence. It takes its name from the Village San Michele a Torri, which it stands on, a beautiful hill at the gates of Florence, from which you can admire the wonderful Tuscan landscape full of vineyards, olive groves, and woods.
It covers 1482,63 acres of land in total: 160 acres of vineyard, 160 acres of olive tree groves, 40,100 acres of cereal, and varied crops. Furthermore, an area dedicated to our Cinta Senese, that lives free range within the property and woodland cultivations.
The estate is located between two important regions of wine production: Chianti Colli Fiorentini (123 acres of the vineyard) and Chianti Classico (37 acres of the vineyard). The wine production is simply excellent here, thanks to the richness of its soil and the organic methods we apply to obtain perfumed, velvety, and strong character wines.
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 was certainly used as an important center of production in the 1800s.
Numerous interventions have reshaped the villa over the years, clearly visible 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 center of “The battle of San Michele a Torri” since the city walls were the last standing defense before Florence. 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.
In memory of those that belonged to the New Zealand armed force, July 30th is celebrated as “San Michele Day.”
Recently the farm has been restored thoroughly respecting its original style and elegance.
Our respect for the balance between natural cultivation and breeding is what creates the excellence of our products which consists of a variety of organic wines such as Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG, Classic Chianti DOCG, and Supertuscan.
Also, our organic farm produces extra virgin olive oil, Cinta Senese salami DOP, organic honey, saffron, spelt, small garbanzo beans from Chianti, and cornflour from Marano. All of these products are authentic specialties and a genuine result of 100% organic farming.
San Michele Organic Farm is committed to sustaining 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.
San Michele Organic Farm decided to make organic Tuscan products its strength, so it is certified to guarantee only the highest organic production.
Typical of the province of Siena, the Cinta Senese is a breed of domestic pig that has existed for centuries. One of its first historical traces can be found in a Sienese fresco from the 14th. Century by Lorenzetti, in Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico. The Cinta Senese has managed to preserve over the centuries the characteristics that make it unmistakable, such as the white band over its body, the elongated head, and the non-curled tail, and differs from its historical depiction because of its size and ears (which are no longer straight)
This type of breed is grown under special conditions and strict regulations that over time contribute to the richness and succulence of the flavored meat. As a matter of fact, it is subjected to DOP protection (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) which is a category given to foods whose peculiar qualitative characteristics depend exclusively on the territory in which they are produced.
This specific type of meat possesses better dietary qualities due to a higher concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, particularly Omega3 and Omega6 (which have great health benefits) This type of breed compared to other types of pig breed is richer in oleic acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids. This type of meat is typically used in the Tuscan area to produce cold meats such as prosciutto, lardo, and finocchiona (among others).
At Fattoria San Michele we produce our own Cinta Senese products.
Our 24-month aged prosciutto, air-dried capocollo filet, and our delicate finocchiona (Fennel flavored salami)are just some of our specialties.
Luca Magazzini, the butcher of our organic farm, is personally in charge of supervising and taking care of how the products are processed. The quality of our meats, combined with the organic process, allows us to obtain outstanding cold cuts, high in quality and rich in flavor.
Our Cinta Senese pigs are raised in an entirely organic environment: hygienically and qualitatively controlled, following tradition, genuineness, and respect for the territory.
Fattoria San Michele a Torri is committed to sustaining biological cultivation. We are proud to offer a variety of organic Tuscan delicacies: grains, compotes, juice and honey. The best ingredients to add to your pantry.
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. Fattoria San Michele’s organic Tuscan products are our strength, therefore we are equipped with the necessary certifications to ensure compliance with the rules of production.
It is famously known that Italians know about food quality and eating healthy. The Italian Food Model is a balanced example of authenticity, nutritional balance, and richness in taste. This is one of the reasons why Italian Cuisine and Italian Products are highly in demand all over the world. This type of lifestyle is one of the reasons why biological agriculture and biological apiculture have become increasingly important during the past years. It is a homage to traditional farming and its wholesome process. Food obtained from biological agriculture is grown without the use of pesticides, additives, or chemical fertilizers. During its cultivation, the natural cycles of the land are observed and respected.
Fattoria San Michele a Torri
Via di San Michele, 36
50018 Scandicci – Firenze, Italia
Phone +39 055 769111
Open to the public
Monday to Saturday
10AM to 12PM and 3PM to 7PM
Sunday by appointment
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