Farming 1,000 Years Ahead of Its Time

To many, wine is a religious experience. For the 11th century founders of Badia a Coltibuono, this was literally true. Over 1,000 years ago, monks planted the first grapevines on the highest hill in Italy’s Chianti region to provide sacramental wine for their “badia,” which is Italian for “abbey.”
 
“They were also farmers at the forefront of an agricultural revolution of basically creating sustainable agriculture that allowed the land to be cultivated for centuries without depleting it,” Roberto Stucchi, owner and general manager of Badia a Coltibuono, recently told us.
 
In recent years, sustainable and organic farming has gone from the fringes of agricultural norms to an almost expected practice. Much like their founders so many centuries ago, Badia a Coltibuono was also at the forefront of the recent sustainability movement. They have used fully organic farming techniques for over 20 years and were certified fully organic in 2000 by Instituto Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (ICEA).
 
“This has been a personal commitment of mine,” said Stucchi. “I’ve always felt it was a better way to farm. That it would improve the quality of the grapes and the wine, and that it would also allow the land to be cultivated for a long time without damaging the environment, without polluting the water table, and without hurting those who work in the vineyards.”
 
To see our full conversation with Roberto Stucchi, watch the video below:
 

 
With the help of Dalla Terra Winery Direct, Badia a Coltibuono’s wines are available throughout the state of Ohio:

2011 Chianti Cetamura
$9.99


2010 Chianti Classico RS
$14.99



 
2009 Chianti Classico Estate
$19.99



 
2007 Chianti Classico Riserva
$34.99



2006 Vin Santo
$39.99



2007 Sangioveto
$64.99



To find out more about Badia a Coltibuono:

Visit their English language website: coltibuono.com
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