Significantly improve the quality and variety of agricultural products produced on the farm with the best organic farming techniques, highlight the ancient cultivated crops that have been lost and emphasise traditional, old and new varieties. We focus a great deal on the production of top-quality olive oil and wine, thanks to the use of cutting-edge technologies, and pay particular attention to every step of production. As for the production of extra virgin olive oil, the centuries-old olive trees are excellent examples of traditional Tuscan varieties: frantoio, moraiolo, pendolino, morchiaio, and leccio del corno. The olives are harvested early and completely by hand at the first signs of veraison and immediately pressed in a modern oil mill at low temperatures with reduced oxidative impact. We currently produce five monovarietal extra virgin olive oils and two blend. We plan to increase production by introducing a second blend in 2021.
We are committed to the restoration of historic gardens, abandoned and neglected for years.
Increase biodiversity throughout the entire estate thanks to the involvement of naturalist experts, who will assess the current fauna and flora and implement strategies to improve the variety of species, with particular attention to reintroduce rare species that have almost disappeared from the area.
Increase the property’s cultural relevance with the establishment of a small museum and careful integration of important works of art into the landscape. Also through the care of the gardens and the creation of picturesque viewpoints and gardens seamlessly inserted in the local context, without forgetting the desire to hide the less-pleasing elements of the landscape such as power lines or telephone poles, in order to improve the panorama we see and what those around us see too.
Create a system capable of ensuring water self-sufficiency, also in regards to the irrigation system for the gardens and all crops, and a drainage system and soil erosion control which are also in ruins after years of neglect.
OUR LAND, OUR CROPS. THE WONDERS OF THE NATURE OF TUSCANY.
Nestled in the gently rolling hillsides in the north of the estate, the ‘Heritage Fields’ (or ‘Campi Antichi’ or ‘Campi del Fossato’) are dedicated to a rotating production of organic ancient grains and wheat that is harvested every year and transformed into a range of artisanal pastas and bread products.
The estate hosts a number of groves, each with their unique mix of olive varieties, sun and wind exposure, age, and even cultivation methods. From old groves of majestic trees, to newly planted espalier-trained groves, the variety of our olive groves enable the estate to consistently produce award winning organic olive oil. As part of the estate’s mission to serve as stewards of local farming tradition, we are also planting an ‘Olearium’ - a special grove of over 25 historic varieties of Tuscan olives to ensure the genome of these varieties are protected and ensured for future generations.
Our organic vineyards at Tenuta Maryamado are situated in some of the most privileged of positions in the Florentine area for growing Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and are governed by the DOCG Chianti Colli Fiorentini. Growing along a spectacular, rolling ridge-line that extends from the Church of Santa Cristina to San Quirico in Collina, our grapes benefit from uplifted marine Pliocene soils dating millions of years old which are characterised by a rich combination of neo-native clays, sands, and a predominant presence of pebbles. Several distinct microclimates and various exposures complete the unique terroir of our vineyards.
Respect for the environment is a guiding philosophy for everything we do in our winemaking process. This starts with a keen eye and careful management of the vineyards' soils where we are limiting work in order to maintain a sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationship by increasing biodiversity and soil microorganisms, which in turn adds to healthier vines and better wines. Above all, we are focused on producing excellent wines which are a direct expression of the intense combination of our history, territory and love for our work.
As part of the farm’s mission to produce a wide variety of local products, the farm is in the planning and preparation stage for the planting of new organic saffron fields. This world famous spice is actually the stigma and styles of the beautiful and delicate flower of Crocus sativus. Collected by hand during a few days of the year in the autumn, besides being used in culinary and tradition for thousands of years, there are many on-going studies regarding other potential medicinal uses of saffron.
Traditional and exotic organic vegetables and fruit trees will be cultivated on the farm in addition to cutting flowers providing fresh seasonal produce and flowers throughout the year. As part of the farm’s sustainability strategy, organic topsoil for all of the gardens will be produced directly on site through a wholistic composting program so that the great majority of organic waste is recycled onsite, reducing the need to transport new topsoil from outside of the estate for the production and ornamental gardens.