The property has belonged to the Mugnaini family since the early 50s, when Paolo Mugnaini bought the farm.
After Paolo, it was his son Alberto that increased the production area giving the company its present form: 26 hectares of vineyards (including 16 that have been part of the organisation for more than thirty years) and also 7000 olive trees.
Since 2006, his wife Christiane and sons Robin and Lea are continuing Albert’s work with high levels of passion and commitment.
For a few years now the family has been venturing into a new adventure – the production of bottled wine with its own label.
Now the difficult initial work consisting choosing and selecting the best grapes has led to a production of approximately 7,000 bottles per year.
The main body of the company is located just outside the historic centre of Barberino Val d’elsa. Three-quarters of the company are under the title of Chianti Colli Fiorentini and a small part is made up of Chianti Classico.
The company is currently going through a biological conversion towards Biodynamic agriculture.
For several years now, we have abandoned the use of herbicides, which has given us the opportunity to use agronomic practices, such as natural grass growing and the use of green manure, aimed at preserving biodiversity. We strongly believe that this is one of the fundamental pillars of the fertility and health of the soil.
The farm has ancient roots, situated in a dominant position over the valley that separates the plateau of Petrognano Barberino and San Donnino, where until the early 1200s stood the legendary city of Semifonte. Originally, the hill crossed a road connecting Via Cassia, the main street of Barberino and Via Francigena through the village of Semifonte.
The road has increased in importance and was at first erected on the highest point of a small chapel hill, which still have the remains of the farm on the inside.
This first settlement gave rise to a bigger body that eventually became a “hospital” for pilgrims managed by a brotherhood of monks. It is noticeable by the fact the crest is still visible in the form of a crutch which is placed at the entrance of the house.
You also have architectural references that suggest the presence of a tower, a hypothesis reinforced by the strategic position of the hill, but there is no way to know for sure because of the destructive history of Florence and its surroundings, after several years of siege, they destroyed the city of Semifonte and any structure in the area that could have military aims.