It is in the heart of Tuscany, in the centre of Chianti, and a stone's throw from the wonderful city of Siena that the Il Ciliegio farm is located, one of the most beautiful and enterprising realities of the local food and wine panorama.
The company, for almost seventy years, has been moving in the local wine scene and is known by many for what has historically been the primary activity of the company; direct sales of wine and oil.
Winemakers for passion and tradition since 1952, our story tells of the hard work of the patriarch Mario who in the early 50s moved from Veneto to Tuscany, bringing with him a beautiful background of wine culture learned in his native land: the Euganean Hills (also this area well known of fine wines!!).
Over the following years, with the help of his four children, Mario laid the foundations of the company, but the production turnaround took place at the end of the 1980s: the farm specializes in viticulture, focuses more on the cellar, bottling and marketing of wines produced on the farm. The process is constantly accompanied by a restructuring of the buildings, which are now more modern, and by new winemaking techniques applied in the cellar.
In 2008 the didactic farm with a restaurant was born, to offer our visitors an additional service and the pleasure of entering the reality of the peasant world for a few hours, with its tastes and slow times.
The peculiarity of the company is the family management, possible thanks to a good deal of organization:
- Severino “The Boss”, manages the organizational part of the work in the fields, directs the workers and teaches them the techniques to be adopted;
- Marco and Veronica take care of the didactic farm and restaurant;
- Simone thinks about the cellar and the packaging of bottled wines;
- Luca takes care of the commercial part.
Since the beginning of 2009, the farm has been completely independent as regards electricity and heating; in fact, photovoltaic panels have been installed for the production of electricity, a biomass boiler (fed with the processing waste of our products), for the production of hot water. Thanks to these new systems for the production of energy from renewable sources, it is estimated that the farm annually saves the input of over 13 tons of CO2 per year.