Tuscany is the birthplace of culture and distinguished men, of noble wines. In the municipality of San Casciano the Florentine Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince and cultivated the vineyards and olive groves he inherited from his father. Here, Niccolò’s greatness became one with nature, authenticity and tradition. The plots and vineyards of the ancient Fontalle estate extend out from the tiny village across 27 hectares of specialised vineyard cultivation to produce the celebrated Chianti Classico DOCG, the Riserva, and other special selections of exclusive wines.
Splendid cypress and oak woods still surround this hamlet where time seems to stand still. The cellars beneath Machiavelli’s house have not changed from the description given in a document dated 1498: “…wine storerooms opposite the so-called albergaccio”. The ranks of small prestigious oak barrels are still used to slowly mature the wines of Vigna di Fontalle.
The historic Villa Machiavelli represents the oldest Chianti tradition. The estate is located at Sant’Andrea in Percussina, in San Casciano Val di Pesa in the province of Florence. Built 500 years ago, the cellar lies beneath the house where Machiavelli lived during his long exile from Florence.
In 1512 and from 1513 onwards, Niccolò Machiavelli was confined to the Albergaccio, which adjoins the cellar. Here he pursued his writing, tended his fields and passed his spare time in the famous Hosteria. Machiavelli ran his vineyards and his farms well, taking a personal interest in their management. Careful restoration has returned the Osteria (Albergaccio) to its original structure.
The kitchen and small rooms, furnished with much of the original furniture from the museum villa, provide visitors with a warm and welcoming environment in which to taste the simple dishes of traditional peasant cooking and the prestigious wines of Vigna di Fontalle and Poggio.
The weekly-changing menu is the kind of food Libero, Lorenzo and Matteo want to eat when they’re at their happiest. Taking inspiration from traditional Tuscan recipes handed down through generations, all the dishes on our menu are designed for sharing. Using incredible Tuscan produce, whole animals are butchered and prepared on site every day, and paired with ingredients so good they really speak for themselves.
The secret of the Saraceni group isn’t simply about what can be seen or touched, it’s intangible, it’s about what can be felt and experienced.
…a family dream became reality.
“Traditional Tuscan cuisine, wholesome dishes and ingredients from our land. Founded and managed by our family of four generations, we follow a philosophy of quality and tradition.”
Made in Italy. Enjoyed Worldwide.
Since the beginning, the Saraceni family wanted to include several unique activities and products to their company that shared their core values and passions: “high quality, strong ties with the territory and professional reliability”. This lead to the creation of what is now an inspiring group of food, beverage and hospitality services.
The Saraceni Group is therefore composed by, alongside the production of wines, renowned and exclusive restaurants including, Ristorante I Tre Pini and the famous, Villa Machiavelli in Chianti Classico, one of the most historical winery/restaurants in Italy.
Soon new brands and family estates will join the group to perpetuate and share our family values.
TEL: (+39) 055 828471
ADDRESS: via degli scopeti 64,
Località Sant’Andrea in Percussina50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa (Firenze)
11.00 - 23.00 : Martedì - Domenica
Tuesday - Sunday
Subject to Change